Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways (RUSP)
RUSP Annual Report
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. With the addition of the 2019-2020 cohort, the total number of students participating in the RUSP program is 119 including all four years across all three campuses.
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 Retreat each fall ( open to students from all of Ohio’s medical schools)
RUSP will support any RUSP student in their application for scholarships offered by HCOM.
Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways (RUSP) application is open.
Students are encouraged to download and review a PDF copy of the application in advance in order to know what documents are needed at time of submission.
Who We Are
The RUSP program is lead by a small dedicated team of staff and faculty in Dublin, Cleveland and Athens. To learn more about us click here.
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
Katy Kropf, D.O. (’02)