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Office of Rural and Underserved Programs

ORUP: Guiding Future Physicians to Care for the Underserved

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.

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ORUP in the News

  • MAPS Osteopathic Education Series

    Kelly Scruggs, M.P.H., OMS-III

    Through a YouTube series titled “MAPS Osteopathic Education Series,” Kelly Scruggs, M.P.H., OMS-III, hopes to expand education around osteopathic medicine and bridge the knowledge gap between D.O. and M.D. programs to dispel myths about osteopathic medical education.

  • ORUP Student Published

    Student and Preceptor Experiences in a Mini Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship: A Participatory Self-Study, by Ryan Paulus, Dorvan Byler and Sharon Casapulla, is an analysis of the mini LIC at the Heritage College. The publication was posted in the PRiMER.


    Fran Blais, D.O., Awarded Mentor of the Year

    As a profession, we strongly believe in the power and importance of mentoring. It is an essential component of the learning experience. To recognize the importance of mentorship, the Ohio Osteopathic Association and Osteopathic Heritage Foundations established the George L. Eckert, Jr., D.O., Mentor of the Year award. Nominations for the award are submitted by Ohio osteopathic medical students, residents or fellows. Fran is the 2020 recipient of this award for his guidance and encouragement to medical students.