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. The Rural Medicine Program (RMP) is a jointly sponsored program between the University of Alabama School of Medicine and the College of Sciences and Mathematics at Auburn University.

2016 Rural Medical Program Applicants: The application is now closed. Please review information about the programs, eligibility requirements, and directions for applying . The deadline for the application and all supplemental materials to be submitted is March 22, 2015.

Invitations to interview with the RMP (Huntsville/Auburn) program and the RMSP (Tuscaloosa) program have been emailed. 

Both the RMSP and RMP are five-year programs with a pre-matriculation year spent on the undergraduate campus of the program. 

For currently accepted rural program students in the pre-matriculation year, the last accepted MCAT date will be April 24, 2014.

For applicants applying to enter the School of Medicine in 2016, the application deadline for both programs is March 22, 2015.  Accepted individuals will begin the pre-matriculation year in the summer of 2015.

About Rural Medicine

Applicants to the Rural Medical Scholars Program and Rural Medicine Program are committing to become primary care physicians and to practice in communities and small towns in Alabama.

By applying and submitting an application to a Rural Medical Program, the applicant acknowledges that:

  • They commit to become a primary care physician and enter practice either in a rural community or in a small town in Alabama.
  • If offered acceptance to a UASOM Rural Medical Program, I will be withdrawn from the Regular MD Program Alternate List of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. 

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 admission guidelines.

Eligibility Requirements

 Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for consideration for the regular admission program. 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.

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 2013; the latest MCAT date considered is January 2015
  • 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 a SAT (math + verbal)  of 1100 or higher

Specific requirements in order to matriculate into the School of Medicine as a Rural Medicine  Program student:

  • A satisfactory MCAT score on an exam taken no later than April of the matriculation year
  • Students must earn a minimum GPA of 3.20 or higher in the pre-matriculation undergraduate or graduate program
  • Have earned a bachelor's degree prior to matriculation in medical school

Applicants provisionally accepted will be notified of specific contingencies in their official letter of acceptance. All contingencies must be met in order to matriculate.

To Apply

1. Complete the Special Programs application to one or both of our Rural Medical Programs located at
  • Only one application is needed to apply to either program or both.
  • Applicants should strongly consider applying to both programs.

2.Submit the Special Programs supplemental material, which requires:

  • An OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT from all colleges and universities applicants 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. It is strongly recommended that applicants also submit a letter from the pre-health professional committee at their undergraduate school if available.

3. Send letters of recommendation, transcripts and application fee to the address below by March 22, 2015:

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

4. After submitting the online application, you may return to the Special Programs Application webpage to check which documents have been received by our office, pay the application fee online, upload a photo or download the letters of reference form.

5. If accepted, applicants must complete a second application on the AMCAS website after June 1. This application is required of all applicants applying to U.S. medical schools. 

Interview Dates

Interviews are conducted one day each year for each Rural Medical Program. Interviews for the 2016 entering class will be held May 2015.  
  • Rural Medical Scholars Program interviews in Tuscaloosa are May 21, 2015.
  • Rural Medicine Program interviews in Huntsville are May 14, 2015.

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 M.D. program Alternate List of the University of Alabama School of Medicine.