Oregon Health & Sciences University provides the Family Medicine Rural Immersive experience which allows students an opportunity to immerse themselves in, and to explore the career choice of, rural Family Medicine. Students will work with select FM rural preceptors for twelve consecutive weeks at one rural site. Students who complete the Rural Immersive will gain a comprehensive understanding of Family Medicine in a rural context and will learn concepts in rural medicine, FM Core, and community health. Continuity concepts will span the twelve weeks. Students use dedicated study and project time to further the clinic’s or community’s health through mechanisms such as quality improvement, education, or patient materials. Students will simultaneously satisfy requirements for: Family Medicine core experience, the rural experience, and the continuity experience.  


OHSU Campus for Rural Health

Launched in 2015, OHSU’s CRH – South Coast falls within the AHECSW region and has the capacity to house 15 graduate level health profession students for clinical training, including AHEC Scholars. Housing is designed to be interprofessional and collaborative, with many students co-enrolled in a 1 credit community-based IPE course during their three- to six-week long clerkships. Coming from the MD, NP, PA, DMD and PharmD programs, students learn with, from and about each other in a rural context of care.  Occasionally, students from other universities are able to join, adding to the rich learning environment.

Current teaching site affiliates are located in both Coos and Curry Counties, offering a wide range of opportunities in primary care and specialty care. 

If you need information on this rural rotation, please contact Linda Martin, Rural Site Coordinator for the South Coast.

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