Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP)


Gain experience practicing medicine in a rural community

I really felt like a rural physician, seeing my patients more than two or three times, delivering babies and following-up with well-child checks. It truly was an amazing experience.
—past participant

The Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) is a nine-month, community-based educational experience for University of Minnesota third-year medical students who live and train in rural communities. RPAP students experience hands-on learning as they care for patients of all ages.

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Rural Observation Experience (2–3 days)

Want to see what it’s like to practice medicine in a rural community, before making a bigger commitment?

Try the Rural Observation Experience, a two or three day opportunity to shadow a rural family physician and see firsthand the rewards and challenges of rural medicine. Open to any incoming first-year medical student at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Twin Cities campus; no prerequisites.