Rural Medical Education (RMED) Program

The Rural Medical Education (RMED) Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford was developed to train and support physicians in rural Illinois.  RMED students participate in the Rural Health Professions interprofessional curriculum which is an add-on curriculum to the traditional medical school curriculum.  

The RHP curriculum focuses on developing the interprofessional knowledge, skills and attitudes required of rural health professionals.  RMED students and rural pharmacy students attend RHP classes together.  The curriculum consists of seminars on rural health care issues, rural medicine and community-oriented primary care (COPC) during the first three years.  In the fourth year, all RMED students participate in a 16-week rural preceptorship that focuses on clinical skill development in a rural setting and the completion of community-based projects.

WHY?
The RMED Program was developed in response to the problem of limited access to healthcare for Illinois’ rural residents.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Candidates with a rural a background who are commited to practicing medicine in rural communities.  

HOW ARE STUDENTS SELECTED?
Students apply to both the University of Illinois College of Medicine and to the RMED Program, a dual application process.  RMED requires three letters of reference from rural community members. The top RMED candidates will be interviewed by the Recruitment and Retention Committee composed of rural health care professionals and rural community members.

INTERESTED?
If this sounds like a program that would meet your career goals, contact:

Mark Meurer, Assistant Director of Recruitment & Public Relations
Rural Medical Education Program
1601 Parkview Avenue
Rockford, IL 61107            
(815) 395-5782  
mmeurer@uic.edu