The application process is explained and information is distributed during the second year of medical school. The program is open to all third-year medical students in good academic standing.


  • Oct. 17, 2019: Attend the Rural Track Clerkship Program Site Fair from 5-7 p.m. in LC230
  • Oct. 23, 2019: Attend the MU Rural Track Clerkship Program information meeting from noon to 1 p.m. in S255
  • Jan. 8, 2020: Attend the Rural Track Clerkship application Q-and-A session from noon to 1 p.m. in LC322
  • Jan. 10, 2020: Submit your completed application by 5 p.m.
  • Jan. 13 to February 2020: Committee reviews applications and confirms rotations with community-based faculty
  • End of February 2020: Students notified about rotation placements via email prior to one wish deadline


If you have any application questions, please email


The selection committee will use the following criteria to determine which students are best suited for the Rural Track Clerkship Program:

  • Academic record
  • Professional behavior
  • Bryant Scholars
  • Hometown or rural background
  • PRIMO Scholars
  • Requests for three clerkship rotations
  • Prior involvement in MU Rural Track Pipeline Program components
  • Reasons for requesting rural track rotations
  • Student flexibility in placement site
  • Community Integration Program interest

As stated in the student handbook, a student’s application for the Rural Track Clerkship Program is their commitment to participate. After submission, requests to withdraw are only granted for compelling personal or health reasons. Students should make the request to withdraw in writing or by email to the associate dean for student programs and professional development, who may consult with the Rural Track Management Group (RTMG). Students who wish to appeal the associate dean’s decision may do so by putting their request in writing to the RTMG.

Training Sites

Students may choose a training site. Current locations include St. Joseph, Hannibal, Sedalia, Osage Beach, West Plains, Branson, Cape Girardeau, Farmington or Sikeston.

Training site map



Co-ed furnished student housing is available to MU students at no charge due to the generous support of the local health systems and the Missouri Area Health Education Centers. Students are responsible for reasonable household necessities while living in the student housing.