Rural Medicine Program

The application deadline for the RMED Program is December 1.

The articulation agreement between St. Lawrence University (SLU) and SUNY Upstate Medical University (College of Medicine) is an early assurance program for students interested in rural medicine. The agreement allows for students accepted into the program to have a place at Upstate Medical University waiting for them after they complete four years at SLU.

The successful student candidate is admitted into both SLU and Upstate Medical University prior to matriculating at St. Lawrence University. To remain in good standing in the program, there are both academic and comportment standards that need to be maintained. The accepted individual will complete Phase I (which consists of four years of undergraduate education) at SLU. He/she will then commence with Phase II (which consists of four years of medical education at Upstate).

Strong preference will be given to applicants from a rural setting, who are first generation college students or from an economic background that makes it less likely they would compete for medical school admission through the traditional route. Strong preference will also be given to applicants who express a strong desire to practice in an under-served rural area.

Application Requirements Include:

  • CR/Math SAT score of 1250 (minimum/combined) or a minimum composite ACT of 27
  • Excellent high school GPA (minimum 90% average) in a demanding curriculum
  • Extra-curricular activities which document some expertise in a healthcare setting or commitment to community service
  • Completion of the SLU Common Application including all required forms
  • RMED Application (see below)
  • US citizen or permanent resident

The application deadline for the RMED Program is December 1.

Maintenance Standards of Phase I:

  • Minimum overall grade point average of 3.5 (A = 4.0)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 or better in all math/science courses
  • Complete the required core science courses required for medical school admission
  • Complete and document 80 hours of volunteer service
  • Complete 20 days of physician shadowing in an ambulatory or hospital setting
  • Complete all SLU graduation requirements
  • Maintain appropriate standards of honesty and integrity
  • Before matriculating into medical school students must score at least 30 on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Students have two opportunities to achieve this score

Because the field of medicine requires an interest in and ability to help others, a commitment to service will be carefully evaluated. A demonstration of that interest and commitment might include working in soup kitchens, serving as a hospice volunteer, volunteering in nursing homes or hospitals, helping those with disabilities or working with the homeless or people with special needs.

Applying for the Program

In addition to completing the standard application to St. Lawrence University, applicants are required to submit a narrative discussing their interest in and commitment to the program.

If you have not yet applied for admission to St. Lawrence University, you can do so using our online application resources.

Once you have completed the application process, please fill out the form below. That form must be submitted by December 1 for applicants to be considered for matriculation for the following year.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Jeremy Freeman, Director of Admissions.

Rural Medicine Program Personal Statement