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Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP)

RUOP is a four-week community medicine immersion experience for WWAMI students between their first and second years of medical school. For many, this is their first extended clinical involvement.

RUOP provides students with an early exposure to the challenges and rewards of practicing primary care medicine in a rural or urban underserved setting, and an opportunity to learn how community health care systems function.

RUOP Goals

  • Provide students with early exposure to the challenges and rewards of working with rural and underserved communities
  • Encourage students to consider a future in rural and underserved community medicine

Learn more about getting involved in the RUOP program, either as a preceptor or medical student.

Ideal RUOP preceptors are primary care physicians who work in either a rural community and/or an underserved clinic. On occasion, rural general surgeons have been welcomed to participate.

As a general rule, rural is defined as a community designated by a rural-urban commuting area (RUCA) code of 4 through 10. Please reach out if you have questions about whether your site qualifies.

Preceptors must commit to mentoring a student for a consecutive four-week period during the summer.

As the primary preceptor, you would be responsible for providing direct supervision during the student's clinical rotation. However, it is acceptable for RUOP students to spend time with other preceptors.

We expect students to spend 30-35 hours each week in clinic.

This clinical experience is not graded, but students do appreciate the opportunity for informal feedback from their preceptors.

Idaho WWAMI students are prepared!

Our students have had over 250 hours of primary care clinical exposure by the time they start their RUOP experience. Thus, students will have significant practice with taking patient histories and performing physical exams.

Precepting is rewarding!

Every year, our preceptors comment on the enjoyment clinical teaching brings. Young, enthusiastic learners challenge them to be their best. Furthermore, patients enjoy interacting with the students and seeing their physicians in a teaching role.

UW Faculty appointment

Clinical faculty appointments are one way that the UW School of Medicine recognizes physicians who play a critical role supporting WWAMI’s teaching and research missions. RUOP preceptors are eligible to be recognized as clinical faculty at UWSOM. Learn more about this opportunity.

CME Credits

If you are a family physician, your participation as a RUOP preceptor qualifies you for CME credits through a membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which allows up to 20 hours per year for Precepting/Education. More information.

If you are not a family physician, you are still eligible for AMA Category 2 CME credits.

Contact AHEC

Phone: 208-885-0131