Rural & Regional Health

Undergraduate Rural Education

The Office of Rural & Regional Health offers a variety of educational opportunities to undergraduate medical students. Each initiative is designed to expose students to the exciting and dynamic aspects of rural health care.

The clinical demands of a rural physician differ from those of a physician working in an urban environment. To fully understand these differences, students are placed directly in a rural community: all third-year medical students are required to complete a core rural or regional rotation.

Undergraduate students with an interest in a career as a rural physician can participate in shadowing opportunities or the elective rotations. Each program offers a different level of exposure to rural medical practice. Other program initiatives include the Integrated Community Clerkship program and the Pre-clinical Networked Education program.

Regardless of the chosen program, students will challenge their clinical skills and become valued, integrated members of a rural community’s health-care system.