Leadership
in Rural
Medicine

College of Human Medicine

The Rural Premedical Internship Program is designed to be a flexible, self-directed summer experience free of cost for premedical students interested in rural medicine.  The goals of the program are to give each student an introduction to rural medicine while working on activities designed to strengthen medical school applications and interview skills.


                                                                    Program requirements include:

                                                               40 hours of rural primary care physician shadowing

                                                                             12 hours of rural community service 

                                                                                      2 small group sessions:

                                                                                        Rural health care issues

                                                                                    Medical school admissions

                                                                          Medical school interview skills and practice


Students will also complete and receive feedback on several reflective essays throughout the experience. Shadowing and community service hours may be completed in any rural community in Michigan, at any time during the late spring or summer.

Any student who has completed at least 4 semesters of undergraduate education is eligible to apply. Program selection is competitive, with preference given to rural students from Michigan who are interested in remaining in the state for medical training and eventual rural practice. There is no cost for the internship program and no stipend will be provided.

We are now taking applications for the 2018 program through March 16th, 2018.

Please click here to access the application and apply. 

Questions regarding the program may be sent to Dr. Andrea Wendling at wendli14@msu.edu

Questions regarding the application may be sent to Julia Terhune at koprows3@msu.edu