2nd Year Rural Experiences

Medical students at Head Start Physical Exams in Mountain City The Practice of Rural Medicine I (Fall Semester)
The Practice of Rural Medicine I is a concentrated experience occurring both at a selected rural site and on campus which familiarizes students with the community and provides a foundation for later coursework and clinical experience. The main objective is the integration, review, and application of basic science pathophysiology through an introduction to clinical medicine with attention to the rural community.  This occurs within the context of rural clinical and community experiences as well as case-oriented learning encounters.   Students use their knowledge base to build differential diagnoses and learn advanced interviewing and physical exam skills.  Additionally, students are introduced to evidence-based medicine and how to use the resources available to them.  Basic interpretation of electrocardiograms, lab data, and diagnostic imaging studies is also presented.  Experiential learning activities include preparticipation physical examinations for community school students and Division of Transportation (DOT) Health Evaluations as well as community clinical preceptorship experiences. Rural community patients, standardized patients, small group attending physician sessions, and simulation lab workshops are used to facilitate the course.  Students are expected to approach this course in a self-directed learning format with active participation expected.

Rural Community Based Health Projects
In this course nursing, medical and public health students work in interdisciplinary teams to develop a community-based health proposal in collaboration with their rural community partners. Through implementing and evaluating the proposed community-based project, students gain hands-on experience in using participatory methods to promote the health of a selected rural population. Students enhance their formal presentation skills through presenting the results of their community-based health project. This is a writing-intensive course.  This is an oral-intensive course.  The purpose of the Rural Community-based Health Projects course is to provide students with the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary teams with a rural community partner to plan, implement, and evaluate a community-based project. 
Second Year Students

Clinical Preceptorship II
Clinical Preceptorship II is offered the second week of October.  Students may select to do an international rotation, Remote Area Medical (RAM) or select a Rural Preceptor.  Click here to view a video about RAM.


 RPCT students receive certification in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support The Practice of Rural Medicine II (Spring Semester)
A continuation of The Practice of Rural Medicine I, this course is part of the Rural Primary Care track.  A concentrated experience occurring both at a selected rural site and on campus familiarizes students with the community and provides a foundation for later coursework and clinical experience. The main objective is the integration, review, and application of basic science pathophysiology through an introduction to clinical medicine with attention to the rural community.  Focusing on real world experiences in rural communities, students use their knowledge base to build differential diagnoses and learn advanced interviewing and physical exam skills. Additionally, students are introduced to evidence-based medicine and how to use the resources available to them.  Basic interpretation of electrocardiograms, lab data, and diagnostic imaging studies is also presented.  Students receive experience in the human patient simulation laboratory through a series of exercises which allow students to receive recertification in BLS training and certification in ACLS.  Rural community patients, standardized patients, small group attending physician sessions, and simulation lab workshops are used to facilitate the course.  Students are expected to approach this course in a self-directed learning format with active participation expected.