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Scholars in Rural Health

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Preparing Tomorrow's Doctors for Success

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 has long been recognized as a national leader in the training of rural physicians. To further meet our mission, the School of Medicine now has three campuses that provide the full four-year educational program.   

Program Activities

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 three patient care reports and attend an initial orientation in Salina and a meeting at the end of each spring semester in Wichita. 

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Kansas resident
  • Significant experience living in a rural community (rural definition)
  • ACT composite score of 24 or above or SAT composite score of 1200 or above
  • Attained a minimum of sophomore standing and have two years of undergraduate education remaining
  • Completed one academic year of college undergraduate biology and chemistry courses, as required of biology and chemistry majors, including lectures and associated laboratories
  • Intention to practice medicine in rural Kansas
  • Demonstrated evidence of the dedication and compassion necessary to be a competent and caring physician

Selection Process

Students submit application materials to the School of Medicine, by June 10.  We anticipate selected candidates will interview in early July.  Accepted students begin the two-year program in August.

Program Requirements

Once accepted into the program, students must meet the following requirements for assured admission:

  • Degree from an accredited college or university
  • Fulfillment of KU School of Medicine prerequisites
  • College GPA greater than or equal to 3.50
  • Premedical science GPA greater than or equal to 3.50
  • A satisfactory score on the MCAT examination
  • Satisfactory completion of shadowing hours and written assignments and participation in the orientation and annual meetings
  • Uphold the high ethical and behavioral standards required of medical students and physicians

Application Timeline

Applications available April 12
Application completion deadline June 10
Acceptance notification letters mailed August 1

For more information contact:

Jason Edwards, M.Ed.
Director of Premedical Programs, University of Kansas School of Medicine


Last modified: Jul 15, 2021