Rural Medical Education Opportunities: Student Activities

First Year: Rural Medicine Interest Group

Butterfly on a flowerRural Medicine Interest Group is a student interest group that started in January 2007. Today, it is the largest student interest group at KU Medical Center. Rural Medicine Interest Group sponsors activities on campus and off that serve rural interests. Students from all years and all campuses are invited to join.

Second Year: Summer Rural Research

Sunrise through the treesThe Rural Primary Care Practice and Research Program (RPCPRP) is an elective rotation for medical students, sponsored by the Research Division of the Department of Family Medicine on the Kansas City campus. The program involves active clinical training as well as health promotion and disease prevention research in rural primary care settings across the state of Kansas. Learn more >

Third Year: Rural Option for Required Third-Year Clinical Clerkship

Eagle in flightStudents can elect to complete a portion or in some cases all of a required third year clerkship in specified rural sites. Students work with volunteer faculty in a rural immersion experience and participate in a broad range of clinical experiences. The Rural Option is currently available in pediatrics, family medicine, OB/GYN and surgery. Learn more >

Fourth Year: Required Rural Preceptorship Program

Colorful fall leaves on the waterAll KU Medical Center medical students complete a 4-week rural preceptorship during their senior year as part of graduation requirements. This preceptorship is designed to be a rural immersion experience in primary care medicine. Students are expected to function at the level of an intern during this formative month. Learn more >

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Last modified: Aug 06, 2015
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