Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways (RUSP)

Office of Rural and Underserved Programs

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Preparing physicians for practice in underserved areas


RUSP Annual Report

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RUSP Graduates

2017 RUSP students  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

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RUSP Opportunities

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


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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)

  • Athens and Dublin 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.


RUSP Application

Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways (RUSP) application is now open.  The 2018 application process opened November 1, 2017.  The deadline to apply is February 1, 2018 for current students and May 1, 2018 for new students.

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

Outstanding Educators

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.

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Randall Longenecker, MD, FAAFP

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Tim Law mentor of year

Timothy Law, D.O. ('94), M.B.A.

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Katy Kropf, D.O. (’02)

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