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.
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:
To be eligible to participate in the Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health program, a student must:
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
Dr. Richard J. Dhyanchand
Dr. Bryan Lewis
Dr. Rosalind Gregory-Bass