Rural Education

Oregon Rural Scholars Program

The purpose of the Oregon Rural Scholars Program Experience is to provide students who are highly motivated toward rural primary care with an opportunity to experience what their future career path could be. Rural Scholars are competitively admitted into the program during their first year. Each Scholar is matched to a community with which the Scholar will interact throughout his or her training: this twelve-week experience forms the core of the program. Students will develop a deep and comprehensive understanding of a primary care specialty (Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine, General Surgery, General Pediatrics, or General Psychiatry) practiced within rural community setting, as well as concepts of community and public health, epidemiology, and resource allocation. Rural Scholars will simultaneously fulfill their core clerkship in their respective primary care specialty (with department approval), their rural experience, and their continuity experience.

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Information on the application process

Family Medicine Rural Immersive

The Family Medicine Rural Immersive experience will allow students an opportunity to immerse themselves in, and to explore the career choice of, rural Family Medicine. Students will work with select FM rural preceptors for twelve consecutive weeks at one rural site. Students who complete the Rural Immersive will gain a comprehensive understanding of Family Medicine in a rural context and will learn concepts in rural medicine, FM Core, and community health. Continuity concepts will span the twelve weeks. Students use dedicated study and project time to further the clinic’s or community’s health through mechanisms such as quality improvement, education, or patient materials. Students will simultaneously satisfy requirements for: Family Medicine core experience, the rural experience, and the continuity experience.


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