Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP)
RUOP is a four-week community medicine immersion experience for WWAMI students between their first and second years of medical school. For many, this is their first extended clinical involvement.
RUOP provides students with an early exposure to the challenges and rewards of practicing primary care medicine in a rural or urban underserved setting, and an opportunity to learn how community health care systems function.
Administered by the UW Office of Rural Programs, RUOP is a collaborative effort of the UW School of Medicine, regional WWAMI campuses and the Area Health Education Centers. This program is also supported by the Washington and Idaho Academies of Family Physicians.
- Provide students with early exposure to the challenges and rewards of working with rural and underserved communities
- Encourage students to consider a future in rural and underserved community medicine
Learn more about getting involved in the RUOP program, either as a preceptor or medical student.