Rural and Regional Health

Access to quality and essential medical services is significant to all Albertans, especially those living in rural or regional areas. The University of Alberta's Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry recognizes the importance of experienced professionals implementing health-care services within rural communities.

To help achieve its vision of a healthy Alberta, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry established the Office of Rural & Regional Health (ORRH) in June 2006. ORRH is designed to co-ordinate initiatives and support the development of new health-care programs for rural and regional Alberta. We seek to weave rural and regional health through the education and training of U of A medical students and residents.

Our goal is to enlighten each learner with an in-depth understanding of the unique challenges-and the sense of fulfillment-a physician gains while working in Alberta's vibrant rural and regional communities.

The Office of Rural & Regional Health gratefully acknowledges the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, the Rural Health Professions Action Plan (RhPAP) and Alberta Health for financial and academic support toward rural programs and initiatives. 

Integrated Community Clerkship

The Integrated Community Clerkship gives third-year medical students the opportunity to study in a rural community over 42 weeks as a valued member of the local health-care team. Learn more about this unique learning opportunity.