Office of Rural and Underserved Programs
Who We Are
The Office of Rural and Underserved Programs and its initiatives were supported initially with funding through the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations (OHF) Vision 2020 Grant (awarded 2011).
Preparing learners for patient-centered primary care in underserved places
We prepare learners in medical school and residency for patient-centered primary care in rural and underserved communities, and for the generalist specialties of primary importance to these communities, through community engagement, ongoing curriculum design, program implementation and assessment, faculty development, student support, and medical education research.
The application for proposals for Medical Education Research is closed.
The HUB of a Growing Network
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Finding Fulfillment in Serving Rural Patients
StageCoach Family Medicine
Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways (RUSP)
Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways (RUSP) Program
This co-curricular program provides students and residents with the depth and breadth of knowledge needed to meet patients’ health care needs in rural and urban underserved communities.
Patient-Centered Primary Care Curriculum
Enhancing patient-centered primary care curriculum
When doctors are reimbursed for good outcomes rather than the volume of patients they serve, the move to a more efficient and effective patient-centered model becomes an economic necessity as well as good care.
Other Initiatives and Collaborations
Initiatives and Collaborations
Our office is involved in several local, national and international collaborative projects and special initiatives related to health in rural and urban underserved communities, like Rural PREP (Watch video above)
Who We Are
February 15, 2019The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine hosted a full-day workshop aimed at helping health professions students learn how to better care for patients in ways that are mutually respectful, unrestricted by stereotypes and genuinely curious. The theme for the event: “Caring for the Underserved in an Interprofessional and Interpersonal Way.”Read More
Interprofessional summit stresses human connections as soul of teamworkFebruary 10, 2017Improving teamwork was the theme of a summit Jan. 27, sponsored by the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Office of Rural and Underserved Programs. It featured workshops for Heritage College and other health profession students, and a keynote address by Andrew Morris-Singer, an expert on relational leadership in health care.Read More
First Heritage College Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways students receive D.O. degreesJune 3, 2016When the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine launched its Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways program in 2013, the purpose was simple: to prepare future physicians to practice in medically underserved communities. In just three years, the program is well on its way.Read More
January 31, 2020
Faculty and staff from throughout our medical school and the Scripps College of Communication have developed the Open Book Project, a unique program grounded in narrative medicine that’s part of a larger movement to embrace diversity, cultivate inclusion and promote affiliation.