Rural Physician Program (RPP)
The Rural Physician Program is a clinical option for students whose goals include serving people in small towns and rural communities. The goal of the RPP is to provide students with enriched clinical experiences, community service opportunities, and small town lifestyle advantages which will encourage CHM Rural Physician Program alumni to establish rewarding practices in Michigan's rural communities.
Each year, up to 16 CHM admitted students are selected to complete their clinical years (years 3 and 4) in Michigan's Upper Peninsula Regional Campus. 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. While the RPP was particularly designed for students entering primary care fields, graduates can and have gone into nearly all specialties.
RPP students receive an excellent clinical education from Michigan State University faculty and from CHM selected board certified volunteer physicians from the local community. Students also have the opportunity to work with the Family Practice Residents at Marquette General, a Duke-Life Point Hospital.
Core Clinical Disciplines
The core clinical disciplines are done at Marquette General, a Duke-Life Point Hospital. Marquette General is a 315-bed regional referral center with outstanding state-of-the-art facilities and dedicated physician educators. A hallmark of the program is the two-month Family Medicine clerkship in a small Upper Peninsula community, where one-on-one teaching and tremendous clinical exposure serves to coalesce prior learning and experience in a comprehensive, humanistic approach. Additional required and elective time can be done in Marquette, anywhere in the CHM system, nationally or internationally.
For more information, please contact the UP campus: