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Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

Rural Medical Track

The Rural Medical Track prepares medical students for a rural primary care residency and a successful practice in rural or underserved Oklahoma. The RMT offers unique learning opportunities for motivated students to fully develop their skills, knowledge and abilities to succeed in a challenging practice environment.

A key facet of the RMT is rural-based clinical education. Beginning with a rural physician shadowing experience after the first year of medical school, students in the Rural Medical Track have the opportunity to complete most of their required clinical education in a rural setting. Students work side-by-side with rural physicians learning the skills and performing the tasks necessary for a successful rural practice.

Interested students should indicate so on the supplemental application.

Download the Rural Medical Track brochure (PDF)

Why Choose the Rural Medical Track?


Students in the RMT have the opportunity to assume leadership positions with the Student Osteopathic Rural Medical Club (StORM) at the OSU Center for Health Sciences. The club also provides students with service opportunities and an advocacy platform. StORM members also gain student membership status to the National Rural Health Association.

Research Opportunities

Students in the RMT complete a guided, rural health-focused research project during their first and second years of medical school. Early Clinical Experience. Prior to the second year of medical school, students in the RMT shadow a rural physician for three weeks. Aside from gaining exposure to contemporary rural health research topics, RMT students are expected to produce scholarly works that are suitable for publication or presentation.

Clinical Training in Rural Oklahoma

Students in the RMT complete their third year of clinical core rotation at community-based primary care residency sites.

Enhanced Clinical Training

Limited enrollment in the RMT translates to more hands-on training opportunities and one-on-one focused instruction for RMT students.

More Sub-internships

RMT students complete at least two sub-internships at a primary care residency site early in their fourth year. The sub-internships can serve as residency auditions.

Selective Rotations

To optimize their skills in residency training and beyond, students in the RMT complete at least three selective specialty rotations as identified by OSU-CHS medical education staff.

RMT Curriculum at a Glance

Year One

  • Summer Rural Externship

Year Two

  • Rural Focus Week
  • Research Project

Year Three

  • Didactic Weeks
  • Rural Core Rotations
  • Rural Clinic Rotation
  • Community Clinic Rotation
  • Elective Rotation or Vacation

Year Four

  • Community Hospital 1 & 2 Rotations
  • Sub-Internship 1 & 2
  • Sub-Internship 3 (optional)
  • Specialty Selectives 1-3
  • Specialty Selectives 4 (optional)
  • Elective or Vacation
  • Two-week Electives 1-3 (optional)

* bolded items are completed by both traditional and rural medical track

Rural Health Training Sites

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OSU College of
Osteopathic Medicine


JuLee Wells, Director of Recruitment


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