University of Alabama School of Medicine Rural Medical Programs
Applicant's Resource Site

Rural Medical Programs: Rural Medical Scholars Program (RMSP) and Rural Medicine Program (RMP)

PURPOSE: Applicants to these programs are committing to become primary care physicians and to practice in communities and small towns in Alabama.

There are two Rural Medical Programs:

  • The Rural Medical Scholars Program (RMSP) is based in Tuscaloosa and conducted by College of Community Health Science, a branch of the University of Alabama School of Medicine
  • Rural Medicine Program (RMP) is a jointly sponsored program between the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UASOM) and Auburn University s College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM)
  • Each Rural Program is a five year program with a pre-matriculation year spent on the undergraduate campus of the Program 

For applicants applying to enter the School of Medicine in 2015, the application deadline for both programs is March 18, 2014.  Accepted individuals will begin the pre-matriculation year in the summer of 2014

Applicants must complete two applications:

  • Our Special Programs Application for Rural Medical Programs.
  • The standard AMCAS application Program Type: Other Special Program for 2015 (if accepted)
    • The deadline for submitting the AMCAS application is July 15th prior to beginning the pre-matriculation year

Interviews are conducted one day each year for each Rural Medical Program.
Interviews for the 2015 entering class will be held May 2014. 

  • Rural Medical Scholars Program (RMSP) interviews conducted in Tuscaloosa: May 30, 2013
  • Rural Medicine Program (RMP) conducted in Huntsville: May 23, 2013
All applicants are notified of their admission status shortly after the interviews
    • If applicable, any applicant that submits an application to a Rural Medical programs acknowledges and accepts that, if offered acceptance to a UASOM Rural Medical Program, they will be withdrawn from the Regular MD Program Alternate List of the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UASOM).
In order to Matriculate, Rural Medical Program applicants must, among other things:
    • Successfully complete the pre-matriculation coursework
    • Meet any and all contingencies required for admission
    • Meet all other requirements for Regular admission to the School of Medicine

For additional items required in order to matriculate, please refer to page 17 of the Guidelines to the Admission Process located at Guidelines .

Rural Medical Programs Admission Eligibility Requirements:

  • Meet all minimal requirements for consideration for the Regular Admission Program (see our Guidelines for requirements)
  • Specific Requirements to be eligible for the Rural Medicine Student Programs
    • Be a legal resident of Alabama
    • Have lived in a rural area of Alabama for no less than eight years
    • Intend to practice Family Medicine or primary care in a rural area of Alabama
      • By submitting an application to a Rural Medical Program, the applicant affirms his or her commitment to become a Primary Care Physician and to enter practice either in a rural community or in a small town
    • Complete a year of undergraduate or graduate education in the Rural Medical Program (Pre-matriculation year)
    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.3
    • Have a minimum MCAT score of 24 or higher with no sub-score below six
      • The earliest MCAT date considered is 2012.
      • The latest MCAT date considered is January 2014.
      • If the MCAT has not been taken prior to application, a provisional acceptance may be granted to individuals with an ACT of 24 or higher or an SAT (math + verbal) of 1100 or higher
    • The Admissions Committee selects Rural Medical Students based on characteristics including academic, personal, teamwork orientation, and self-motivation that predict their abilities to become outstanding rural physicians
    • Applicants provisionally accepted will be notified of specific contingencies in their official letter of acceptance. All contingencies must be met in order to matriculate.

    RMSP/RMP Student Requirements for Matriculating to Medical School

    • Students must earn a minimum GPA of 3.2 or higher for the final year of study in the pre-matriculation undergraduate or graduate program
    • Have a minimum MCAT score of 24 or higher with no sub-score below six
      • No student will matriculate to the School of Medicine without having earned a satisfactory MCAT score on an exam taken no later than April of the matriculation year
    • Have earned a bachelor's degree prior to matriculation in medical school
    • Complete and satisfy all contingencies for admission
    • Meet all minimum requirements for consideration for the Regular Admission Program

Instructions for Applying to Rural Medicine Programs

  1. Go to www.uab.edu/medicine/specialapplication to complete a Special Programs Application to one or both of our Rural Medical Programs.

    • Only one application is needed to apply to either program or both.
    • Applicants should strongly consider applying to both programs.
  2. Follow the instructions included in the online application.
  3. Completing the Special Programs Application will require you to provide the following:
    • An OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT from all colleges and universities that you have attended
    • A non-refundable $80 application fee to be paid online or by mailing a check or money order to the address below
    • A digital photograph (.JPG) uploaded to our website
    • Three Letters of Reference using the form available for download in our Special Programs Application is required 
      • In addition it is strongly recommended that you submit a letter from the pre-health professional committee at your undergraduate school if available
  4. Send your letters of recommendation, transcripts and application fee to the address below by March 18, 2014:

    Medical Student Services/Admissions
    VH-100, 1720 Second Avenue South
    Birmingham, AL 35294-0019
    Ph. (205) 934-2433, FAX (205) 934-8740

  5. By applying and submitting an application to a Rural Medical Program, the applicant acknowledges that:
    • I commit to become a primary care physician and enter practice either in a rural community or in a small town in Alabama.
    • If applicable, if offered acceptance to a UASOM Rural Medical Program, I will be withdrawn from the Regular MD Program Alternate List of the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UASOM). 
  6. After submitting your online application, you may return to the Special Programs Application webpage to check which documents have been received by our office, pay your application fee online, upload your photo or download the Letters of Reference form.
  7. If accepted, after June 1 you must complete a second application by going to the AMCAS website http://www.aamc.org/students/amcas/start.htm. This application is required of all applicants applying to US medical schools.