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. The OB Gyn shelf exam is taken during the integrated clerkship. Then at the conclusion of this 28 week period, 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.