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RUUTE Scholars FAQ

  • Can I pursue other opportunities outside of the RUUTE program?

The RUUTE program is designed and structured to allow medical students flexibility in being able to explore various opportunities in and outside of rural/underserved medicine. For example, there are other pathways that RUUTE students can participate in such as: Value-Driven Healthcare, Personalized Medicine Certificate, Population Health, Health Promotion and Integrative Health, Students as Teachers (Medical Education), Global Health Certificate, Tribal, Rural, and Underserved Education (TRUE) Certificate.

  • If I am an ID/MT/WY student and accepted as a RUUTE Scholar, can I complete the required/recommended requirements in my home state?

If your resident status is in Idaho, Montana, or Wyoming, and you have been accepted as a RUUTE Scholar, you may have the opportunity to complete some of the required/recommended activities in your home state. Please reach out to the RUUTE team regarding specifics around arranging this opportunity.

  • What is the time commitment of RUUTE Scholars?

Your RUUTE Scholars experience is spread out through your 4 years of medical school. Not only will you have extra time to pursue other activities (listed below) but the RUUTE Team also encourages you to explore those activities.

Some activities that you can pursue include: Population Health, True Graduate Certificate, Real MD, Global Health, Research, and more.

  • What are other ways I (or my classmates) can get involved?

RUUTE has many activities and programs for all students to get involved such as the Rural Speaker Series, Utah/Idaho Rural Outreach Program (UROP/IROP), Rural Curriculum, and Clerkships. For students looking to get involved in more activities please contact a member of the RUUTE Team.

If you have more questions regarding RUUTE Scholars, we would love to hear from you! Email 

To find more ways to donate towards rural medical student scholarships, please visit the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine Website.

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