Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP) is a 4-week elective, immersion experience. During the summer between your first and second year of medical school, you will spend four weeks on-site in a rural or underserved community working closely with a primary care physician. RUOP placements may be found throughout Idaho and the WWAMI region.
This program provides WWAMI medical students with 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 healthcare systems function.
RUOP students may choose to engage in community assessment activities, using an asset-based approach to explore local resources and learn about the community’s public health concerns. This community assessment culminates in the development of a research project, which students present at the annual WWAMI Research Poster Exposition each fall.