Rural Physician Program (RPP)
The College of Human Medicine's mission is explicit about educating excellent, caring physicians who will practice in Michigan's underserved rural communities. The Rural Physician Program (RPP) is the College's rural education program, designed to educate students to become exemplary physicians with the clinical skills needed to meet the needs of rural Michigan.
Each year, up to 16 CHM admitted students are selected to complete their clinical years (years 3 and 4) in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Preference for this program is given, though not limited, to applicants who have had significant experiences in rural Michigan or are considering eventually practicing in a small-town setting.
The Rural Physician Program is a clinical option for students whose goals include serving people in small towns and rural communities. The goal of the RPP is to provide students with enriched clinical experiences, community service opportunities, and small town lifestyle advantages which will encourage CHM Rural Physician Program alumni to establish rewarding practices in Michigan's rural communities.
RPP students receive an excellent clinical education from Michigan State University faculty and from CHM selected board-certified volunteer physicians from the local community. Students also have the opportunity to work with the Family Medicine Residents at Marquette General Health System.
A hallmark of the program is the two-month Family Medicine clerkship in a small Upper Peninsula community, where one-on-one teaching and tremendous clinical exposure serves to coalesce prior learning and experience in a comprehensive, humanistic approach.
While the RPP was particularly designed for students entering primary care fields, graduates can and have gone into all specialties. The RPP curriculum emphasizes the caring, compassionate, humane approach to the doctor-patient relationship. The RPP provides students with outstanding, state-of-the-art facilities while maintaining a humanistic, personalized approach.
Rural Physician Program Application Process
Application to the RPP requires the completion of two additional essays within the Secondary Application, in which the applicant discusses their interests in rural medicine and highlight their personal characteristics and experiences that are consistent with becoming an excellent rural physician. RPP applicants should have interests and personality traits consistent with living in a smaller community and practicing in underserved, rural areas.
Block III (Years 3 and 4)
After passing Step 1 of the USMLE, students who are accepted to the Rural Physician Program move to the Upper Peninsula for a challenging clinical experience. Students assume increasing responsibility for diagnosing and treating patients. Additional opportunities for students to train at rural sites throughout the Upper Peninsula are continually being developed.
The core clinical clerkships are primarily completed at Marquette General Hospital, a 315-bed regional referral center with outstanding state-of-the-art facilities and dedicated physician educators. Students will have the opportunity to work in other Upper Peninsula community hospitals during their clerkships and will also embark upon a two-month Family Medicine clerkship in a small U.P. community. Additional required and elective time can be done in Marquette, anywhere in the CHM system, nationally or internationally.
Applicants to the MD program must have strong academic credentials, as well as personal attributes and career goals that are consistent with the CHM Mission.
Competitive applicants to the Rural Physician Program must first be admitted to MSU-CHM. Applicants must have outstanding qualifications for practicing in a rural area, with consideration given for previous rural life experiences, initiative, and the desire to become not only excellent physicians, but also community leaders. The Rural Physician Program strives to accept students to the RPP who reflect the diversity of the College of Human Medicine's entering class. Qualified applicants will be invited to come to the Marquette campus for an interview and for an opportunity to see the campus and meet other students already participating in the program. Decisions for acceptance into the program are usually made by the end of April.
For more information, please contact the UP campus:
MSU CHM Upper Peninsula Regional Region
418 W. Magnetic Street, Marquette, MI 49855
Phone: (906) 228-7970 Fax: (906) 228-5734 Email the UP Campus