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Rural primary care physicians in Oklahoma are in high demand, and their shortage is expected to increase.  The Office of Rural Medical Education and the Center for Rural Health play a significant role in selecting, training, and placing students in these provider-deficient areas of rural Oklahoma.


From the 3+1 Program and Summer Rural Externship to the Rural Medical Track, the RME and Center work with medical students across the state to increase awareness, dispel rural myths, provide rural experiences, train upcoming rural physicians, and develop leaders for Oklahoma’s communities in need. 

Rural Education Opportunities for Medical Students

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Summer Rural Externship Elective

This two-week rotation is designed to reinforce a student’s interest in a rural practice and to prepare the student for rural clerkships.

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Rural Medical Track Program

This specialized course of study prepares students for rural primary care residency and practice as well as develops students as community leaders.

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Rural Focus Course (Year 2)

Rural Focus Course is required course for second year medical students.

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Rural Clinical Clerkships (Years 3-4)

Rural Clinical Clerkships are required 4-week clerkships designed to provide medical students experience in all areas of rural health care.

Rural Clinic Emergency Medicine Community Hospital I & II

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2022 Best Graduate Schools

Health Profressional Shortage Area USN Badge

No. 7 in Health Professional Shortage Areas

Rural Areas USN Badge

No. 10 in Rural Care

Primary Care USN Badge

No. 42 in Primary Care Production

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