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Summer Community Program

The Summer Community Program is an exciting opportunity for MU School of Medicine's rising second-year medical students to participate in a clinical program in a community setting. During this four- to eight-week program, students directly experience the benefits and rewards of rural practice.

Students work with a community-based preceptor and are sponsored by a participating hospital. The students receive a stipend as well as room and board, unless they choose to stay with a family member living in the community.

Application and Selection Process

Students complete a brief application form on which they are asked to express their desire to participate in the program. Students are required to attach their CV to the application form. Applicants must be in good academic standing. Those with an expressed interest in rural practice are given preference.

For application, OME cover sheet, and sample curriculum vitae, click here.

Student Responsibilities

Active participation is required for student success while in the community setting. Students are expected to identify learning issues based on their clinical encounters and to address these learning issues during the course of the experience. At a minimum, students perform appropriately focused history and physical exams under the supervision of the preceptor. At all times, MU medical students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with professional standards and norms.

Community Exploration Project

As part of the Summer Community Program, students have the opportunity to participate in a voluntary community exploration project to help them understand, more fully, the needs of rural patients, the resources available to meet their healthcare and basic needs, and the challenges and barriers for patients in accessing the resources available to them. For more information about the Community Exploration Project, click here

Evaluation and Grading

During the experience, preceptors provide students with frequent feedback incorporating personal observations and comments from patients, office staff, and hospital personnel. A brief evaluation is completed by the preceptor when the student finishes the experience.

Students who complete the program receive written comments from the preceptors as well as a letter of recognition,which are kept in the students' permanent file in the Office of Medical Education. Students are covered under the University of Missouri's malpractice plan.

Goals of the program include

  • Increase knowledge of rural practice by working with an experienced preceptor
  • Learn about the different specialties commonly available in rural communities
  • Improve clinical skills in history-taking, physical examination, assessment and medical management
  • Explore common acute and chronic clinical problems
  • Compare medical practice in a community setting to practice in an academic health center

Sponsoring Institutions

Missouri hospitals and clinics are invited to host Summer Community Program students from the University of Missouri School of Medicine. If you are interested in becoming a sponsoring institution please see invite letter and applicable forms below. 

Program Contact

Allison Fuemmeler, Program/Project Support Coordinator
Phone:  (573) 884-3566


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