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Rural Physician Associate Program

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University of Minnesota
Nov 26, 2023



The Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) is a 9-month, community-based educational experience for third-year medical students at the University of Minnesota that allows them to live and train in rural communities across Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Students will gain experience in clinical medicine, procedures, community health, and the business of medicine while working with patients of all ages in rural communities.

Each student is paired with a community, and that student will get hands-on experience in a variety of procedures and specialties. Students will see patients in clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, nursing homes, hospice, at home, and in the community.


Second year medical students at the University of Minnesota Medical School are eligible to apply.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Students receive a $16,000 tuition deduction for participation in RPAP. The community site also pays a stipend of $4,000 or provides free housing.

Application process

Links to additional guidance and the online application process are available on the program website.

Tagged as
Clinics · Emergency department and urgent care services · Graduate medical education · Health workforce education and training · Hospice and palliative care · Hospitals · Long-term care · Maternal health and prenatal care · Physicians · Primary care · Public health · Minnesota

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