Gain experience practicing medicine in a rural community
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.
- Learn more about RPAP
- For prospective students: Benefits and requirements of the program
- Find out what previous students had to say about their RPAP experience
- Watch an information session for an overview of the program
- View a map of RPAP teaching sites in Minnesota and surrounding area
- Read our newsletter
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; no prerequisites.