Family and Community Medicine Fund
Foundation funds support the four-fold mission of the Department in education, research, patient care, and research. They support initiatives that encourage student interest and excellence in family medicine. They also support programs that develop university and community-based faculty as teachers and that undergird important practice-based research in family medicine.
Rural Student Physician Program (RSPP)
The Rural Student Physician Program (RSPP) is an innovative, community-based, extended clerkship option (28 weeks) that integrates the third year medical student’s education in the disciplines of family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery under the mentorship of a rural family physician as the primary preceptor.
The RSPP was initially established to
- Increase the number of UICOMP students who would choose careers in primary care,
- Increase the number of physicians practicing in rural Illinois,
- Increase the number of community-based faculty,Develop the teaching skills of community faculty,
- Develop the clinical research skills of students and community faculty,
- Train students in a setting that provides maximal contact with common problems and “real world” medicine, and
- Enhance the medical school’s mission to meet the rural physician workforce needs of the State of Illinois.