Rural Community Health Program (R-CHP)
The Rural Community Health Program is a clinical option for students whose goals include serving people in small towns and rural communities. The goal of the R-CHP is to provide students with enriched clinical experiences, rural public health leadership opportunities, and small town lifestyle experiences that will encourage CHM Rural Community Health Program alumni to establish rewarding practices in Michigan's rural communities.
Each year, up to 12 CHM admitted students are selected for the Rural Community Health Program. Preference for this program is given, though not limited, to applicants who have had significant experiences in rural Michigan or are considering eventually practicing in a small-town setting.
R-CHP students receive an excellent clinical education from Michigan State University faculty and from CHM selected board certified volunteer physicians from rural communities in Northern and Mid-Michigan. Rural communities participating in the R-CHP program have been selected based on exemplary educational and clinical opportunities within each community. Students also have the opportunity to work with the Family Practice Residents at Munson Medical Center or MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland.
The R-CHP curriculum includes exposure to Rural Community Health and Rural Leadership training. An explicit goal of the program is that R-CHP graduates will eventually practice in a rural area, in any specialty.
Core Clinical Disciplines
Aspects of each core clinical discipline are done at either Munson Medical Center in Traverse City or a surrounding community in Northern Michigan, or at MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland. Munson Medical Center is a 391-bed nonprofit hospital that serves as Northern Michigan's regional referral center. MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland is a 265-bed hospital with outstanding state-of the art facilities located on a 180 acre wooded campus. Both hospital systems have a Family Medicine Residency and outstanding medical communities.
In addition, a portion of each core clinical discipline will be completed in an R-CHP Rural Community. R-CHP students will be assigned a single rural community they will return to for multiple experiences throughout Years III and IV. This significant and longitudinal exposure to the rural community will allow students to form relationships with that community and build on experiences throughout their clinical training. Students will also have the opportunity to work with the Rural Public Health Director and Community and Hospital leadership in order to better understand population health within rural communities. A hallmark of the program is the two-month Longitudinal Rural Elective during Year IV which is tailored to each student's anticipated career path. Additional required and elective time can be done in Traverse City or Midland, anywhere in the CHM system, nationally or internationally.
For more information, please contact the Traverse City or Midland campus:
Traverse City Community Campus
1400 Medical Campus Dr.
Traverse City, MI 49684
Midland Regional Community Campus
4000 Wellness Dr.
Midland, MI 48640