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.


  • 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
  • $20,000 scholarship for each RPAP student


  • 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
CONTACT Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP)

A-675 Mayo Memorial Building

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