Leadership in Rural Medicine (LRM)
Applicants wishing to enter the LRM program must have strong academic credentials, as well as personal attributes and career goals that are consistent with the CHM Mission.
Competitive applicants to the Leadership in Rural Medicine programs must first be admitted to CHM. Applicants must have outstanding qualifications for practicing in a rural area, with consideration given for previous rural life experiences, initiative, and the desire to become not only excellent physicians, but also community leaders.
During the application process, students will state a preference for the Rural Physician Program, the Rural Community Health Program, or both. The Leadership in Rural Medicine Admissions Selection Committee strives to accept students to CHM's Rural programs who reflect the diversity of the College of Human Medicine's entering class.
Students interested in LRM should complete the Leadership in Rural Medicine Application and specify an interest one of the two tracks (R-CHP and RPP) or both. However, students must choose one of the tracks to follow once admitted. The Leadership in Rural Medicine application requires the completion of two additional essays within the Secondary Application, in which the applicant discusses their interests in rural medicine and highlights their personal characteristics and experiences that are consistent with becoming an excellent rural physician. Applicants should have interests and personality traits consistent with living in a smaller community and practicing in underserved, rural areas.
Years 1 and 2
Students accepted to the Rural Community Health Program will spend their 1st and 2nd years of medical school at either the Grand Rapids or East Lansing campus.
Years 3 and 4
After passing Step 1 of the USMLE, students who are accepted to the Rural Community Health Program move to either Northern or Mid-Michigan while those accepted to the Rural Physician Program move to the Upper Peninsula for challenging clinical experiences.
Students assume increasing responsibility for diagnosing and treating patients during their ambulatory care experience. A variety of outpatient settings, including schools and counseling programs, also enrich this ambulatory care experience.
Additional opportunities for RPP students to train at rural sites throughout the Upper Peninsula are continually being developed.