School of Medicine

Department of Family Medicine



For students enrolled in the Rural Scholars Track, the first and second years of medical school remain the same. During their third and fourth years, RST students spend one day a week with their rural preceptors. Students are matched with rural primary-care physicians in or near their hometowns or their future practice locations, as well as with those whose practice interests match that of the students. While in these rural practices, RST students get a first-hand look at how a rural practice is run, gain a better understanding of the broad scope of rural practice, provide continuity of care for patients over the two years, gain experience doing clinical procedures common in rural practice, and get to know the needs of rural areas for possible future practice location.