Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health

Research participants at UW SMPH


The Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health (RUSCH) program is an educational partnership with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UW SMPH). RUSCH is designed to attract students who plan to attend the UW SMPH and that intend to practice medicine in an underserved rural or urban area within Wisconsin.  RUSCH aims to recruit students with Wisconsin residency from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds and to provide them with support to be successful in medical school and in practice. Students who successfully complete the RUSCH program will be given special consideration for admission to the UW SMPH specialized training programs—Wisconsin Academy of Rural Medicine (WARM) and Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH).  Admission into the RUSCH program does not guarantee admission to medical school.  

Program Structure

RUSCH affords selected undergraduate students the opportunity to learn more about careers in medicine, participate in community health improvement projects, and develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that will prepare them for admission to, and success in medical school. Involvement in the RUSCH program includes an academic year experience in addition to one or two summer experiences.  One summer experience generally consists of an 8-week research experience in Madison in conjunction with faculty from UW SMPH, as well as some MCAT preparation and various field trips.  The other summer experience typically consists of involvement in a community health project.  Summer experience opportunities vary from year to year.  The academic year experience involves participants in discussions and seminars on various medical and healthcare topics. The RUSCH academic year offerings enhance the existing pre-med advising and campus health career organization programming.

UW-Platteville Participant Stipend and Schedule

RUSCH students participating in summer experiences will receive a stipend of $2100.00 each summer. Students should be available full time during the session without other work or school commitments.


RUSCH is made possible by funding and in-kind support from the State of Wisconsin, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and UW System campus partners.

Presently, UW-Platteville is one of three partner institutions in the UW System involved in the RUSCH Program.

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