Anyone with an interest in rural health is welcome to apply to the Rural Physician Leadership Program. Preference is given to in-state applicants, but most RPLP classes have out-of-state students.
The RPLP will admit up to 10 students per year. The program provides an excellent preparation for surgery, medical specialties, psychiatry, family medicine, or any other specialty of medicine, practiced in a rural area.
How do I apply?
The RPLP is a separate curricular track at the UK College of Medicine. In order to make application for the program, RPLP applicants must designate “Other Special Program” as the program type on their American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) medical school application.
Students will be considered initially for admission only to the RPLP program. If they are accepted, students will be required to commit to spending the third year and portions of the fourth year at the regional site. If not accepted into the Rural Physician Leadership Program, applicants will then be considered for acceptance into the regular MD program at the UK College of Medicine where all four years of medical education are based in Lexington.
RPLP applicants are interviewed in Morehead and in Lexington. Overnight accommodations in Morehead are available upon request.
Clinical faculty members, university administrators, and key community members serve as interviewers at the regional site. That cadre of interviewers at the regional site work in conjunction with the UK College of Medicine Admissions Committee to select up to 10 students to matriculate to the RPLP each year. Students who are accepted are notified immediately of their status. Students interested in the RPLP should learn more about the overall admissions process at the UK College of Medicine.
Interested students are encouraged to schedule a visit to the RPLP in Morehead.
Morehead Regional Site Contacts:
Anthony Weaver, M.D.
Assistant Dean, Morehead Regional Site
Paula K. Arnett
Regional Site Administrator
Administrative Staff Officer
Health Education Coordinator
There are unique challenges and opportunities that go along with the decision to attend medical school. To help you navigate these challenges, the UK College of Medicine Admissions Office will help to answer any questions that you may have as you consider applying for RPLP.
For pre-admission guidance regarding RPLP, please contact Kim Scott.
Assistant Director of Admissions
UK College of Medicine