Learn how pre-medical students at UW-Parkside are gaining valuable experience in the health sciences through Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health.
Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health (RUSCH) is a pre-med pipeline program that has been developed by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in partnership with three UW System universities - the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Medically underserved areas in rural and urban Wisconsin are in need of physicians now and the need will continue to grow. The UW School of Medicine and Public Health has created two medical education training programs to help ameliorate this problem - Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) and Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH).
Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health, established in 2009, will further develop a pool of applicants for these two medical school tracks.
The aim of RUSCH is to select and nurture students who come from diverse backgrounds and show an interest in practicing medicine in rural and urban underserved areas of the state. Applicants must be Wisconsin residents.
The Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health program consists of:
- Two years of academic enrichment programming and community engagement
- Eight-week summer public health and/or clinical internship in the partner campus community, with stipend provided
- Eight-week summer research and enrichment internship on the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health campus in Madison, with stipend, housing and meals provided
- Health equity seminars on campus and field trips to underserved rural and urban areas
- Admissions workshops and counseling/advising with current MD admissions team
- Career mentoring
To be eligible to participate in the Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health program, a student must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and a resident of the state of Wisconsin
- Be enrolled at UW-Milwaukee, UW-Platteville or UW-Parkside as an undergraduate student with at least sophomore standing, as a graduate student, or as a student in UW-Milwaukee's post-baccalaureate program
- Have fulfilled science course prerequisites specified for each campus and maintained a GPA of approximately 3.0 or higher
- Demonstrate a commitment to community service
- Complete application, supporting materials and interview
Selection for RUSCH is competitive. Criteria for selection include demonstrated community service commitment, student academic performance and interest in urban or rural underserved medical practice.
More than 60 students have been selected to participate in the program since the program began in 2009. All fulfilled science course prerequisites, met minimum GPA standards and completed at least one year of undergraduate study.
Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health is made possible by funding and in-kind support from the State of Wisconsin, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, UW-Milwaukee, Milwaukee AHEC, Aurora UW Medical Group, City of Milwaukee Health Department, City on a Hill Clinic, UW-Platteville, Southwest Health Center, Doctors Park Physicians, Medical Associates of Platteville, Maski & Maski Clinic and UW-Parkside.
UW School of Medicine and Public Health
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
Senior Student Services Coordinator, College of Letters and Science
Appointments: (414) 229-4654
Phone: (414) 229-3922
Dr. Richard J. Dhyanchand
Dr. Bryan Lewis
Director of Pre-Health Programs
Assistant to the Dean for Health-Related Professions
Dr. Rosalind Gregory-Bass
Assistant Professor and Health Liaison