Student presents at RPAP Poster Session

The RPAP curriculum encompasses a variety of teaching methods ranging from on-site activities to distance learning/online assignments. Students are visited by RPAP faculty several times throughout their RPAP experience to monitor student progress and participate in formal case presentations and one-on-one doctor/patient communication skills development sessions. Students also complete a series of online rural healthcare modules which are designed to provide the student with a deeper understanding of the health care needs of their RPAP community, and rural health in general.

Students return to the Twin Cities campus in Period S3 of their fourth year to finish their remaining elective and required rotations. Years 3 and 4 requirements and course descriptions are available on the Medical Education web site.

*See the sidebar for additional pages on the RPAP curriculum.

RPAP Required Courses

The RPAP Curriculum contains 36 weeks of hands-on credit, 1 UMN Medical School intersession week, and 2 weeks of vacation.  

  • At the start of Year 3, RPAP students will take their Step 1 exam, complete Med 1, and 2 week “bursts” of OB/GYN, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry on the Duluth and Twin Cities campuses.
  • Once in their communities, RPAP students will complete INMD courses to fulfill clerkships in:
  • Surgery (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
  • OB/GYN (remaining 2 weeks)
  • Peds (remaining 2 weeks)
  • Psych (remaining 2 weeks)
  • Family Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Primary Care Selective (4 weeks)
  • Advanced Procedures (4 weeks)
  • RPAP Curriculum (10 weeks, counts as elective credit)

Rural Health Modules

Like all clerkships, the RPAP curriculum also includes the completion of online rural health modules. These modules are designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of the health care systems, needs, and solutions for their RPAP communities.Topics include:

  • Principles of Preventive Care
  • Minnesota Health Care for Rural and Urban Underserved Populations
  • Quality Improvement
  • Evidence-Based Medicine Project
  • Emerging Models in Health Care
  • End-of-life Care
  • Community Health Assessment Project

These modules consist of a brief series of readings and short assignments.

CONTACT Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP)

B-615 Mayo Memorial Building

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