Rural Health Professions Actions Plan

University of Alberta Rural Medical Interest Group

Learn what rural practice has to offer

Deciding on a medical specialty is important and difficult. Besides examining your life goals and values, you will likely want exposure to a variety of medical fields. For most medical students, exposure is given to only those fields that exist in urban hospitals. Through Rural Medical Interest Groups, take part in RhPAP-sponsored activities to learn what rural medicine has to offer.

Explore the benefits of combining a country lifestyle with a challenging and diverse rural practice. Work alongside rural physicians, hear their perspectives, and experience what rural medicine is really like.

RhPAP supports the following Rural Medical Interest Groups opportuntiies that increase medical student exposure to rural medicine:

RhPAP Shadowing Program

This one-on-one learning experience connects first- and second-year medical students with Alberta rural physicians. Follow a rural physician for all or part of a weekend on call to see the diverse and unique range of skills involved. Learn new skills! Practice simple procedures


Rural Rotations

In order to encourage rural practice and to provide a positive experience in rural Alberta, the RhPAP promotes and supports the concept of Alberta medical students and residents taking part of their training in a rural or regional community.


Medical Skills Weekends

First and second-year medical students have the opportunity to visit rural Alberta communities. Participants get a taste of rural medicine, and learn the advantages and lifestyles of practicing rural medicine. 



Contact your RMIG Student Representative for more information.


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