Office of Rural Programs

RUOP Relationship with TRUST & Pathways

TRUST & RUOP III-3

Pathways Program & RUOP III-3

The RUOP iii-3 program is a requirement for all TRUST students. TRUST students are placed in their TRUST continuity community for their RUOP iii-3 rotation. Although the RUOP site location is predetermined, all TRUST students are required to apply to the RUOP program within the prescribed deadlines set by the RUOP team. See the RUOP student application tab for more details. For TRUST students who have their iii requirement waved participation in RUOP is still required.

To learn more about the TRUST program, visit their website.

All Pathways may give credit to students participating in the RUOP iii-3 program. The RUOP iii-3 program attempts to place Pathway students in communities which allow them opportunities to further explore their areas of interest. However, due to site availability and/or other logistical considerations, this is not always possible. Please check with your individual Pathway program to learn about alternative ways to meet this requirement.

To learn more about each Pathways Program, visit their website.

Latinx Health Pathway (LHP)

The LHPP Pathway provides medical students a unique educational opportunity in the area of Latinx health. The Latinx community is one of the largest growing population groups in the nation. This pathway is designed for students who are interested in experience or becoming practitioners in urban or rural communities with a high Latinx population. The RUOP program attempts to place LHP students in communities designated by the LHP to have a significant Latinx population.

Indian Health Pathway (IHP)

This Pathway provides unique educational experiences in the area of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) health. The AI/AN community is one of the most underserved minority groups in the nation. This Pathway is for students who are interested in experience or becoming practitioners in urban and rural AI/AN communities. The RUOP program attempts to place IHP participants in communities with a significant Native population.

Underserved Pathway (UP)

This Pathway provides a general introduction to communities with health disparities such as rural, homeless and various racial and ethnic groups. This Pathway is for students who are considering underserved careers and want a broad exposure to underserved populations and settings. RUOP only students can fulfill the Underserved Pathway’s pre-clinical requirement. RUOP iii-3 students may fulfill their iii scholarship requirement in addition to their pre-clinical preceptorship requirement.

Global Health Pathway (GHP)

This Pathway provides medical students with the information and experiences necessary to practice in underserved communities worldwide. It is designed for students interested in research or clinical practice in resource poor settings and with international communities. The RUOP iii-3 program attempts to place GHP students in diverse communities where there are opportunities to work with underserved in Native, migrant or refugee populations.