The Scholars in Rural Health program is designed to identify and encourage undergraduate students from rural Kansas who are interested in building successful careers as physicians in rural areas. Students apply for the program in the second semester of their sophomore year in college.
The program provides Scholars assured admission to the University of Kansas School of Medicine upon successful completion of program requirements and graduation from their undergraduate institution.
The KU School of Medicine is recognized as a leader in the training of rural physicians. KU School of Medicine is consistently ranked as having one of the top primary care and rural programs in the nation. We have placed first in the nation for students selecting family medicine on a running five year average according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. The School of Medicine now has three campuses to meet our mission.
Students in the Scholars in Rural Health program discover the rewards and challenges of rural practice as they prepare for entry into medical school.
The program exposes students to the variety of health care services in rural areas, including hospital and office practice. During the junior and senior undergraduate years, scholars learn at the side of an assigned mentor in the region of his or her home community, for a total of 200 shadowing hours accumulated during the four semesters and one summer. Scholars also complete four patient case reports, and attend an initial orientation in Salina and a meeting at the end of each spring semester in Wichita. During the senior year, scholars complete a manuscript reviewing a topic related to rural health service or clinical care.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
Students submit application materials to the School of Medicine, by June 10, with selected candidates invited for interviews in July. Candidates are selected for the program by August 1 each year.
Once accepted into the program, students must meet the following requirements for assured admission:
Participants in the Scholars in Rural Health program are strong candidates for the Kansas Medical Student Loan program, which provides tuition and living expenses for 120 students each year. Loan recipients agree to specialize in primary care or emergency medicine and work in a medically underserved area of Kansas.
|Applications available||March 1|
|Application completion deadline||June 10|
|Acceptance notification letters mailed||August 1|
The online application is available March 1 through June 10 of each year. You may access the online application and instructions at: Apply Online. If you have a problem with the online application, please contact Greg Fay (firstname.lastname@example.org; 913-588-7347) for assistance.
For more information
Jason Edwards, M.Ed.
Director of Admissions and Premedical Programs, University of Kansas School of Medicine