Skip Navigation
Oklahoma State University

Rural Medical Track

The rural medical track prepares medical students for a rural primary care residency and a successful practice in rural or underserved Oklahoma. The rural medical track offers unique learning opportunities for motivated students to fully develop their skills, knowledge and abilities to succeed in a challenging practice environment.

Student interested in pursuing the rural medical track should indicate so on the supplemental application. If you have a question regarding the rural medical track, please call 918-561-8468. 

Why choose the rural medical track?

  • Leadership: Students in the rural medical track have the opportunity to assume leadership positions with the Student Osteopathic Rural Medical Club at the OSU Center for Health Sciences and gain student membership status to the National Rural Health Association.
  • Research Opportunites: Students complete a guided, rural health-focused research project during their first and second years of medical school.
  • Early Clinical Experience: Prior to the second year of medical school, students in the rural medical track shadow a rural physician for three weeks. 
  • Clinical Training in Rural Oklahoma: Students in the rural medical track complete their third year of clinical core rotation at community-based primary care residency sites.
  • Enhanced Clinical Training: Limited enrollment translates to more hands-on training opportunities and one-on-one focused instruction for rural medical track students.
  • More Sub-Internships: Students complete at least two sub-internships at a primary care residency site early in their fourth year. The sub-internships can serve as residency auditions.
  • Selective Rotations: To optimize their skills in residency training and beyond, students in the rural medical track complete at least three selective specialty rotations as identified by OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine medical education staff.

Curriculum at a glance

Year Courses
Year One
  • Summer Rural Externship
Year Two
  • Rural Focus Week
  • Research Project
Year Three
  • Didactic Weeks
  • Rural Core Rotations
  • Rural Clinic Rotation
  • Emergency Medicine Rotation
  • Community Clinic Rotation
  • Elective Rotation or Vacation
Year Four
  • Community Hospital 1 & 2 Rotations
  • Sub-Internship 1 & 2
  • Sub-Internship 3 (optional)
  • Specialty Selectives 1-3
  • Specialty Selectives 4 (optional)
  • Elective or Vacation
  • Two-week Electives 1-3 (optional)
Bolded items are completed by traditional and rural medical track students

Rural medical track training sites

rural medical training sites