RSPP Curricular Overview
The Rural Student Physician Program spans 28 weeks of the third year of medical school, and integrates the curriculum for pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, internal medicine, psychiatry, general surgery, and family medicine into the rural learning experience. The remaining 20 weeks are completed in Peoria with 4-week block rotations in the same core clinical clerkships.
Students may opt to begin the integrated, community-based clinical experience first or with the Peoria block schedule first. Each RSPP student also must complete a community-focused health project.
Students begin in their assigned community in June. At the conclusion of the 28 weeks, students sit for the Family Medicine shelf exam. Students then complete the 4-week block rotations in Peoria. Each shelf exam is taken at the conclusion of the respective 4-week block.
Students begin with block rotation in Peoria in June. The shelf exam for psychiatry is taken at the conclusion of the 4-week block. Shelf exams for surgery, pediatrics, and OB-GYN are scattered throughout the 28-week period. Students sit for the Internal Medicine Shelf Exam and the Family Medicine exam the final week of the M3 year.