RSPP Curricular Overview
The Rural Student Physician Program community phase spans 24 weeks of the third year of medical school. It integrates the curriculum for pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, internal medicine, psychiatry, general surgery, and family medicine during the rural learning experience. The remaining 24 weeks are completed in Peoria with 4-week block rotations in pediatrics, internal medicine, psychiatry, general surgery, neurology, and elective time.
Students begin in their assigned community in May. The OB/Gyn shelf exam is taken during the integrated clerkship. Then at the conclusion of this 24 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 May. 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 24-week period. Students then sit for the Internal Medicine shelf exam and the Family Medicine exam the final week of the M3 year.