Frequently Asked Questions

HOW ARE STUDENTS SELECTED FOR METROPAP?

Students apply to the program in October-November of the second year of medical school and are interviewed by a MetroPAP faculty member. They look for academic ability, communication skills, interest in primary care practice urban setting, often working with underserved and diverse communities, and assesses the applicant's ability to succeed in an independent learning environment.

HOW ARE STUDENTS MATCHED TO SITES?

Through your application and interview process, the MetroPAP faculty and staff work to align student clinical interests and career goals with site opportunities.

HOW DOES MetroPAP OPERATE DURING THE CURRENT SITUATION WITH COVID-19?

  • MetroPAP students will work on-site at local clinics and hospitals, and are provided the same PPE to use during their clinical experiences as other medical students
  • MetroPAP students are encouraged to learn telemedicine and other virtual patient outreach initiatives employed at their MetroPAP sites
  • MetroPAP students have access to the online learning modules of each of the clerkships for independent study
  • MetroPAP students were able to continue to earn course credits via virtual experiences during the time frame medical students were not able to attend in-person clinical experiences due to COVID-19
  • Medical school policies

DID YOU KNOW...?

  • You don’t need to have your whole life plan figured out - our interview process is an opportunity to learn more about your options and decide if the program is right for you. We also work with you during the interview process to help find an option that suits your geographic needs, learning style, and career aspirations.
  • You get individualized study plans and test-taking dates to help alleviate stress and get you prepared (this includes Step and Shelf testing).
  • MetroPAP supports student choices in selecting a wide variety of medical and surgical specialties, and students successfully match in a wide variety of specialties.
  • You’ll have student cohorts that you see regularly in person and online, work closely with MetroPAP faculty throughout the year (including six site visits), and will be back on campus for class events throughout the year.

HOW WILL I COMPARE WITH STUDENTS DOING TRADITIONAL COURSES?

Typically, MetroPAP students have performed more procedures and seen more total patients. MetroPAP students must meet the same requirements for patient experience and take the same shelf exams as other students. They perform as well as other students on OSCEs, board, and shelf exams.

WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO LEARNING RESOURCES?

Each site will provide Internet access, and MetroPAP students can access all resources provided by the Biomedical Library.

IF I PARTICIPATE IN METROPAP, HOW WILL THAT AFFECT MY RESIDENCY CHOICES?

Most MetroPAP students report that having participated in MetroPAP was a distinct advantage when applying to residencies. Being familiar with the program, many family medicine residency programs know MetroPAP students usually are functioning at a higher level than their peers. Approximately 75% of students who participated in MetroPAP get their first choice in residency programs. Students applying for other residency specialties report that having done MetroPAP was a definite plus.

HOW WILL PARTICIPATING IN METROPAP AFFECT MY OVERALL MEDICAL SCHOOL SCHEDULE?

MetroPAP provides you with 36 elective course credits. Depending upon your teaching site, up to 24 of these credits may be converted to required course credits by completing several required courses at a site.

WILL I BE ABLE TO FULFILL ALL MY REQUIREMENTS AND GRADUATE ON TIME?

Yes. However, careful planning is strongly encouraged to make sure you meet the Medical School graduation requirements for elective and required course credits.

CAN I GET SPECIFIC SPECIALTY-RELATED EXPERIENCE AFTER METROPAP?

MetroPAP students may want or need to take a sub-internship or specialty experience after MetroPAP for the clinical experience or in anticipation of residency application. With good planning, there is enough time to schedule the needed courses in the fourth year.

HOW ARE METROPAP STUDENTS EVALUATED AND GRADED?

Students are evaluated by preceptors and MetroPAP faculty throughout the year.  Each student's MetroPAP schedule will list the courses they will complete on MetroPAP.  For each course on their schedule, students must successfully complete the requirements for each. Grading policy is consistent with the Medical School requirements and follow the Honors, Excellent, Satisfactory, and No Pass designations.

CONTACT Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP)

A-675 Mayo Memorial Building
Email: rpapumn@umn.edu

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