Rural Observation Experience (ROE)

ROE Online Application

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, Twin Cities campus, may apply. There are no prerequisites and all students who apply will be placed (depending on ROE site availability).

2021 Dates

  • May 17 - Application opens
  • June 18 - Student applications due/Application closes
  • July 2 - Students will be matched/notified after the application closes, all site placements announced by July 2
  • July 8 - Virtual Orientation, noon-1pm (*Must attend orientation to participate in ROE)
  • July 12 - August 12 - Timeframe for your 2-3 day shadowing experience

2021 Sites:

  • Aitkin
  • Alexandria
  • Ashland
  • Canby
  • Ely
  • Fergus Falls
  • Grand Rapids
  • Hibbing
  • Hutchinson
  • Long Prairie
  • Monticello
  • Perham
  • Roseau
  • Thief River Falls
  • Westbrook
CONTACT Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP)

A-675 Mayo Memorial Building
Email: rpapumn@umn.edu

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