Rural Observation Experience (ROE)

The Rural Observation Experience (ROE) is a 2-3 day shadowing experience with a rural family physician.  Students see first-hand the rewards and challenges of rural medicine. 

Any incoming first-year medical student at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Twin Cities campus, may apply. There are no prerequisites and all students who apply will be placed (depending on ROE site availability).

2019 Dates:

  • Student Application due in late spring 2019 (exact date TBD)
  • Student notification of placement: by summer 2019 (exact date TBD)
  • Orientation: summer 2019 (exact date TBD) from noon-1:00 pm (in-person) or summer 2019 (exact date TBD) from 2:00-3:00 pm (online)
  • ROE Program Timeframe: 2-3 days, summer 2019
  • Debrief: early September 2019 (exact date TBD)

Students in the ROE are matched up with a physician at a clinic in rural MN. The student will shadow the physician at the clinic, on rounds, or at the hospital and nursing homes. The student and the physician will negotiate the length of the ROE experience; a 2-3 day experience is typical. Students are provided room at the physician’s home or in the hospital and become involved with the social life of the community. Participants will only need to provide their own transportation and meals.

*Participants in 2019 MUST attend the summer 2019 Orientation (either in-person or online). Participants also need to be available to spend 2-3 days at the assigned clinic summer 2019, before the start of Medical School.

CONTACT Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP)

A-675 Mayo Memorial Building

Phone: 612-624-3111
Fax: 612-624-2613