Rural Observation Experience (ROE)

Applications for the Rural Observation Experience are now open!

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, Duluth or Twin Cities campus, may apply. 

There are no prerequisites. We make every effort to place every student who applies, but in the event where there are not enough site placements available, a lottery will be held to determine participation. 

2024 Dates

  • May 20 - Application opens
  • June 17 - Student applications due/Application closes
  • July 10 - Students will be matched/notified after the application closes, all site placements announced by July 10
  • July 12 - Virtual Orientation, noon-1pm (*Must attend orientation to participate in ROE)
  • July 15 - August 18 - Timeframe for your 2-3 day shadowing experience

2023 Sites **2024 Sites will be updated when available

* = site has housing option/hosting physician's home
** = site prefers if student has own housing/lives near community and has own housing

 

  • Ashland, WI*
  • Austin*
  • Bayfield*
  • Benson*
  • Big Fork*
  • Blue Earth*
  • Buffalo*
  • Cambridge / Isanti**
  • Canby*
  • Eau Claire, WI*
  • Faribault*
  • Glencoe*
  • Grand Rapids*
  • Granite Falls*
  • Hibbing**
  • Hutchinson*
  • Lake City*
  • Luverne*
  • Marshall*
  • Montevideo*
  • Moose Lake*
  • Mora*
  • New Prague*
  • New Ulm*
  • North Branch**
  • Onamia*
  • Perham*
  • Pipestone*
  • Princeton*
  • Roseau**
  • St. James*
  • Staples*
  • Thief River Falls*
  • Two Harbors**
  • Wabasha**
  • Winona**