Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways (RUSP)
Office of Rural and Underserved Programs
Preparing medical students for practice in underserved areas
The Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways (RUSP) program helps prepare medical students to practice in underserved areas, both urban and rural. Through classroom preparation, rural and urban clinical experiences, and specialized professional development opportunities, this co-curricular program provides students with the depth and breadth of knowledge needed to meet patients’ health care needs in areas most in need of primary care and generalist specialties of primary importance to rural and underserved communities.
RUSP Annual Report
2017 The Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways graduating class
Rural & Urban Scholars Pathways students receive D.O. degrees
When 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 – which was made possible through funding from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation – is well on its way
Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways Students
Participate in Clinical Jazz, a longitudinal small group experience in leadership development and peer coaching with a focus on competencies for practice in an underserved setting, experiential place-based learning, and mentorship
Meet once per semester for an individualized education planning session with an assigned coach
Attend professional development workshops focused on (1) skill-building for a broad scope of practice, (2) problem solving with invited guests, and (3) other active exploration of issues relevant to rural and urban underserved practice
Engage in immersion experience between first and second years in a setting of relative austerity (possibly a global health experience)
Spend at least six months or the equivalent of curricular time in a rural or urban underserved setting
Complete a scholarly project relevant to the health of rural and urban underserved communities
Other Opportunities and Scholarships
RUSP students interested in practicing in rural settings are encouraged to apply to the Rural Health Scholars program each fall ( open to students from all of Ohio’s medical schools)
Students accepted into RUSP can apply for a scholarship of $10,000 to be applied to their first year of medical school. Upon successfully completing the RUSP program and placing in a primary care residency in Ohio, these scholarhsip recipients and additional students selected over the suceeding years of medical school who have participated in RUSP for at least one year can receive additional $30,000 funded by the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations.
Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways (RUSP) Application is now closed. The 2018 application process will reopen November 1.
Please note: Applicants will not be able to revisit a partially completed application once it is started. Students are encouraged to review the PDF document below before clicking on the application link so all information can be collected prior to submission.
To preview the application document Click here
To submit an application Apply here
For additional information, please contact the Administrative Director of Rural and Underserved Programs here .
Who We Are
RUSP students receive regular coaching from some of the top instructors in medicine, including the National Rural Health Association's
Educator of the Year and two who were named the
American Osteopathic Association's
Mentor of the Year.
Randall Longenecker, MD, FAAFP
Timothy Law, D.O. ('94), M.B.A.
Katy Kropf, D.O. (’02)