Office OF Rural and Underserved Programs (ORUP)
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 now closed.
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StageCoach Family Medicine
Finding Fulfillment in Serving Rural Patients
The American Academy of Family Physicians has featured Heritage College clinical faculty member Scott Anzalone, MD, in an article about his experiences as a family physician in rural Ohio.
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.
Engagement with Underserved Communities
We engage with rural and urban underserved communities to address health disparities and improve health outcomes.
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)
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Our News and Events
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