For Prospective Students

Each year RPAP places approximately 40 students in rural communities for a continual nine-month experience. Students work under the direct supervision of board-certified community preceptors and other specialists in the community hospital and clinic. Students from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience participate in the program.

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  • One-on-one teaching/mentoring with preceptors
  • Increased confidence and competence in clinical and procedural skills
  • Extensive hands-on experiences and opportunities
  • Opportunity to observe/participate in continuity of care
  • Explore business-related aspects of medical practice
  • Examine and treat a large number of patients ranging from newborn to elderly
  • Eligible students receive a $16,000 tuition offset and a $4,000 housing stipend and/or free housing at their site. Please visit the FAQ page for more information.


  • A student should be a motivated, independent learner
  • Must pass the USMLE Step I Board Exam
  • Solid academic performance in medical school courses; passed all requirements to begin clinical experience
  • Must successfully complete Medicine I clinical clerkship prior to RPAP
  • Immunization schedule must be up-to-date