Rural Health Care Track
School of Medicine
Rural Health Care Track (RHCT) provides opportunities that serve to expand
existing curricular experiences that emphasize the practice of rural medicine
throughout the 4 years of medical school.
Students choose a rural community where they will complete multiple clerkships
and strive to learn about the characteristics of the community and to develop
partnerships within it. Upon identifying a health care challenge in the town,
students will complete a project along with their community partner(s) to
address/improve the focus of their choice. Additionally, students are offered a
series of lectures to supplement their exposure to issues related to the
practice of rural medicine (e.g. cultural identities, leadership skills,
environmental toxicology, community partnerships, etc.). UTMB-sponsored
electives offering a rural medicine theme are also available for students to
complete. Upon successful completion of the program, students are recognized as
“Scholars in Rural Health Care” on their transcripts and at commencement.
Overview of the Rural Health Care Track
presentation explaining the UTMB Rural Heatlh Care Track
Goals of the Track
The Rural Health Care Track (RHCT) at UTMB exists to provide an expanded
learning experience focused on needs specific to medically underserved rural
communities. The Track provides a comprehensive range of experiences to
support development of student competencies in these areas. The practice of
rural medicine requires adaptation to multiple roles, knowledge about
resource utilization specific to the rural setting, and an explicit ability
to integrate a public health perspective into a rural practice. The learner
will therefore complete track requirements involving issues specific to a
rural community (e.g. cultural issues, characteristics of the medical
infrastructure) and develop specialty skills required to provide health care
within a rural community.
In order to successfully complete all RHCT certificate requirements, the
Learn clinical competencies to effectively serve as a physician within a
Participate in a lecture series and training events designed to provide
insight and experience in areas specific to rural medicine.
Develop knowledge and understanding through coursework, preceptorships,
and community service focused on the physician’s unique civic role in a
rural community (e.g. leadership, public health advocacy, education, social
Dedicate an extended portion of off-campus clerkship enrollment at a
single community site to foster continuity of clinical care, office
management/health care provider insight, and community culture experience.
Complete a long-term scholarly project aimed at providing an intervention
to serve the health care needs of a target rural community.
Video Lectures from
RHCT monthly luncheons
Did you miss one of
the luncheons? Visit this page to view the video of past luncheon
lectures. You must attend the lecture to get RHCT credit, but you can
always come here to review any of the RHCT luncheon lectures.
FAQs about UTMB's Rural
Trying to decide if
the RHCT is right for you? Visit this page for answers to commonly asked
questions about the Rural Healthcare Track.
Rural Health Care Links
Visit this page to
learn about the different types of healthcare facilities in rural areas.
You will also find links to organizations that offer funding and expertise to
improve access to care in the rural areas of Texas.
The Director of
UTMB's Rural Health Care Track is Dr. Judith Rowen. For more information
about the Rural Health Care Track at UTMB, please contact