Application Process

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 will be available to second-year students in October 2020 and due by midnight on November 29, 2020. All interviews will be done virtually via Zoom. Most interviews for Duluth and Twin Cities students will take place the week of December 7, 2020. Class selection will occur by mid-February of 2021.

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: November 29, 2020 by 11:59 pm

Info Sessions

9/17/20 Rural Health Panel Session 12:15pm-12:55pm *RSVP here
10/8/20 RPAP Info Session 12:15pm-1:10pm *RSVP here
10/13/20 RPAP Info Session for MS1's 11:00-12:00pm (DU MS1) *RSVP here
10/13/20 RPAP Info Session for MS2's 12:00-1:00pm (DU MS2) *RSVP here
11/6/20 RPAP Info Session 12:15pm-1:10pm *RSVP here

*Please RSVP if you plan to attend the Zoom session. Zoom link will be sent only to people who RSVP.


Each RPAP student receives $16,000 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 OR provides free housing. The stipend is paid directly to the student. These payments are made as long as students are meeting RPAP program requirements. 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 or winter break). Instead, they receive two weeks of vacation (10 weekdays + weekends) 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