2022 Rural Medicine Program Application
Opens: Nov. 2, 2020
Deadline: January 22, 2021

At the UAB School of Medicine, we're committed to training primary care physicians to serve our state. We have partnerships with The University of Alabama and Auburn University to offer two, five-year programs for students committed to pursuing careers in rural primary care medicine.

The Rural Medical Scholars Program includes a year of prematriculation study that leads to a master’s degree in Rural Community Health from the College of Community Health Sciences at The University of Alabama, followed by four years of medical school. RMSP students complete their clinical training at our Tuscaloosa Regional Medical Campus. 

The Rural Medicine Program includes a year of prematriculation study at the post-baccalaureate level in the College of Sciences and Mathematics at Auburn University, followed by four years of medical school. RMP students complete their clinical training at our Huntsville Regional Medical Campus.

About Rural Medicine

Applicants to the Rural Medical Scholars Program and Rural Medicine Program commit 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, applicants:

  • Commit to become a primary care physician and enter practice either in a rural community or in a small town in Alabama.
  • Are permitted to apply to both the Rural Medicine programs and the regular MD program. If selected and/or waitlisted for either/both programs, the applicant will be given a deadline in the spring by which they must withdraw from one of the programs.

Application Timeline

The 2022 Rural Medical Program Application will open on November 2, 2020.  For applicants applying to enter the School of Medicine in 2022, the application deadline to submit a completed admissions application will be January 22, 2021.  Accepted individuals will begin the pre-matriculation year in the summer of 2021.

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 consideration by 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 or graduate from a rural Alabama high school
  • Committed to practice family medicine or primary care in a rural area of Alabama

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

  • 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.

Application Requirements

1. Complete the Special Programs Application. One application is used for both programs. Preferences for either the Rural medical Scholarship Program or the Rural Medicine Program will be requested from applicants after they interview.

  • 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 offical transcript from all colleges and universities applicants have attended.  These can be sent electronically to or mailed.
  • A non-refundable $100 application fee to be paid online
  • Letters of reference submitted online. The letters of recommendation should include a rural community letter that talks about involvement or commitment to the community (examples could be a rural physician or community leader) in addition to a pre-health professional committee letter at their undergraduate school or two science faculty letters.
  • Transcripts, letters of recommendation and the application fee must be received by the application deadline.

3. Transcripts can be submitted electronically to or to the address below by the application deadline:
    Admissions & Enrollment Management
    VH-100, 1720 Second Avenue South 
    Birmingham, AL 35294-0019 
    Ph. (205) 934-2433, FAX (205) 996-0277

4. After submitting the online application, you may return to the admissions portal to check which documents have been received by our office.

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 Information

Interviews for the 2022 entering class will be held February 26, 2021.

All applicants are notified of their admission status shortly after the interview. If applicable, any applicant that submits an application to a rural medical programs acknowledges and accepts that, if offered acceptance to a  Rural Medical Program, they will be withdrawn from the regular MD program alternate list.