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Burrell Distinction in Rural Medicine Track

The Distinction in Rural Medicine is offered to qualifying medical students based in two of the Burrell’s rural Regional Academic Centers (RAC) for their 3rd year. This track is designed to mentor students who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the intertwined problems impacting healthcare and quality of life that are encountered by those living in rural underserved communities. The goal of this track is twofold: to empower participating students in understanding how to approach and solve challenges in healthcare delivery for future rural practice or, among underserved populations generally. And, in addition, for participating students to make a meaningful, positive contribution in a rural underserved community through the completion of all required projects. Students who successfully complete this track will receive a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree with a Distinction in Rural Medicine annotation on their academic record. The pursuit of the Distinction in Rural Medicine track will be documented within the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) Letter, acknowledged at graduation, and noted on the final transcript.

The Distinction in Rural Medicine Program is a selective track with a limited enrollment. Eligibility is based on academic performance at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine; evidence of professional readiness; and a rural RAC placement. In order to qualify for application to the Distinction in Rural Medicine Track, students must meet all the criteria:

This form is available from May 1st at 8:00am MT and closes May 31st at 5:00pm MT. If you have any questions, please email

Submission of this request form does not constitute approval.