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 assured admission to the University of Kansas School of Medicine for selected students 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, ranking 12th nationally in a recent U.S. News & World Report survey. In an effort to provide more doctors for rural Kansas, the School of Medicine opened a new campus in Salina and expanded its medical education program in Wichita to a full four years.
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. A total of 200 hours will be accumulated during the four semesters and one summer. Scholars also complete four patient case reports, one each semester.
Additionally, scholars 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. Suitable candidates are invited for interviews. Up to 16 candidates are selected for the program each year.
Once accepted into the program, students must meet the following requirements for assured admission:
Participants in the Scholars in Rural Health program receive priority consideration for the Kansas Medical Student Loan program, which provides tuition and living expenses for 120 students each year. Loan recipients agree to enter an approved primary care residency and work in a medically underserved area of Kansas.
|Application completion deadline||June 10|
|Acceptance notification letters mailed||August 1|
You may apply to the Scholars in Rural Health program in one of two ways. Beginning in 2015, you may apply online at Apply Online. The online application is brand new and is actually in beta testing for 2015 (there is thus the potential for discovering an issue/bug during the process). If you chose to use the online service and run into a problem, please contact Greg Fay (firstname.lastname@example.org; 913-588-7347) for assistance. If you have a problem with the online application or would prefer, you may still apply using the following paper forms:
K. James Kallail, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Kansas School of Medicine–Wichita