Medical students may choose to complete a variety of primary care or specialty electives, developed and approved by the school’s clinical departments in a rural, community-based setting.
The Rural Track Elective Program provides students with additional rural clinical experiences during their final years of medical school, allowing the opportunity to explore and solidify their commitment to practicing rural medicine.
Rural Track Electives
The Clinical Rotation Catalog lists all available rural track electives and course codes. Students who wish to participate in a rural track elective(s) must submit a Rural Track Elective Program application to be considered for an elective placement. Applications must be received at least eight weeks before your preferred block start date. Rural elective assignments with an approved community-based faculty member are considered on-site electives. Rural Electives may only be taken through Block 19B. No Rural Electives are allowed during Block 20.
Application and Selection
The application process is explained and information is distributed during the third year of medical school. The program is open to all fourth-year medical students in good academic standing. The Clinical Rotation Catalog lists all available rural track electives and course codes. A completed Rural Track Elective Program application must be submitted to be considered for elective placement. The Availability List included in the application will be a useful tool when reviewing rural elective options. Elective placements will be approved or denied by the MU Area Health Education Center (AHEC) based on preceptor and/or housing availability. Third-year medical students participating in the MU Rural Track Clerkship Program receive priority placement in all rural training sites.