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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.

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