Rural Student Physician Program
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.