Application Process

*Application deadline has been extended.

Students apply to RPAP in their second year of medical school. RPAP applicants must complete the application form and provide answers to several essay questions as well as access to their MCAT scores, AMCAS application, and grades for Years 1 and 2 coursework.

Applications are available to second-year students now and due by midnight on January 5, 2020. Interviews on the Duluth campus will take place on December 11th and 12th, 2019. Interviews on the Twin Cities campus will take place on  January 9th and 10th, 2020. Class selection will occur by mid-February of any given year.

Before you start your application, review this word document that has information to help you fill out your application. For your CV, we have provided this CV template to use as a guide. Your CV does not have to follow this template exactly but must include all information listed. Please contact us with any questions or requests for assistance with your CV. *Note that a letter of recommendation is not required as part of this application.

Due Date: Sunday, January 5, 2020 by 11:59 pm

Online RPAP Application


Each RPAP student receives $20,000 for participation in RPAP - that equals half of your tuition for your third year!  $8,000 is deducted from the student's University tuition twice - once in August and once in January - for a total reduction in your tuition of $16,000. The community site also pays the student a stipend of $4,000 - this is paid directly to the student in May. These payments are made as long as students are meeting RPAP program requirements. RPAP students' financial aid/student loans will be reduced by $20,000 to mirror the fact that you have $20,000 less to pay. If you have any questions, contact Kristin Basballe in the Medical School Office of Financial Aid,, 612-624-7675.


  • A student should be a motivated, independent learner
  • Must pass the USMLE Step I Board Exam on the first attempt
  • Solid academic performance in undergraduate and medical school courses; no incomplete coursework or failures
  • Must successfully complete Medicine I clinical clerkship prior to RPAP
  • Immunization schedule must be up-to-date

Breaks and Vacations

RPAP students will not receive breaks according to the Medical School’s academic calendar (e.g., no spring break). Instead, they receive two weeks of vacation to schedule with the permission of their site and the RPAP office; throughout the program, the occasional sick day does not count against this total.

CONTACT Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP)

A-675 Mayo Memorial Building

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