Rural & Underserved

Welcome to the Rural & Underserved Opportunities interest page! There are several opportunities housed within the University of Utah School of Medicine available to undergraduate students, medical students, and communities around the State of Utah that align with the goals of the School of Medicine's Exceptional Learning Experience (ELE) that promote professionalism, community, and meaningful relationships. Some of these learning experiences are available for rural and underserved areas and populations. This includes the Rural & Underserved Utah Training Experience (RUUTE), the Native American Research Internship (NARI) and more. Learn more about each learning experience and program available below.

Rural & Underserved Utah Training Experience (RUUTE)

The Rural & Underserved Utah Training Experience (RUUTE) program is a unique opportunity for medical students, providers, and the Utah community. RUUTE's learning experiences range from community outreach, becoming a preceptor, to learning experiences for medical students and residents. RUUTE also supports medical students and residents with wellness, housing and mileage reimbursement, application support and more. Peruse their website here to learn more about the program and what opportunities are available in the Utah community.

The RUUTE program has developed a K-12 outreach pipeline where the RUUTE team visits K-12 schools in rural and/or underserved areas of Utah to help young students gain interest in the health sciences and provide them with learning experiences they may otherwise not have. One of the biggest goals this program is to help kids interested in the health sciences nurture and cultivate their interests wherever it may take them, showing the many opportunities out there for them within the health sciences. Learn more about Little RUUTES here.Manila High School UROP

The Utah Rural Outreach Program (UROP) is a student-run organization that delivers health science learning experiences to K-12 students around Utah. This opportunity allows medical students to practice teaching, provide hands-on instruction to students with dissections, and provide insight on the pathway to being in medical school. Trips occur during winter and spring breaks. Find out more here.

Idaho Rural Outreach Program (IROP)

Medical students visit high schools, middle schools, or elementary schools in rural or underserved locations in Idaho with the intent to spark the students’ interest in medicine and the health sciences. To find out more, refer to their website here.

Summer MCAT Test Prep Program

The School of Medicine offers a full-time summer MCAT prep course for highly motivated Premedical Undergraduate/Graduate students. The course supplies supplemental instruction to augment the Kaplan Course from a qualified tutor, group study and access to test banks and practice exams. Writing seminars that focus on personal statements are also offered. To apply and for more information, click here.

  Health Sciences LEAP Program

Students & PreceptorHeath Sciences LEAP (Learning, Engagement, Achievement, and Progress) is a four-year pipeline program designed to assist undergraduate University of Utah students who are interested in careers in medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, or health become competitive applicants to health professions programs. Selected students are required to take one course each semester for 4 years. Details for this program and application can be found here.

Native American Summer Research Internship (NARI)

The Native American Research Internship is a dynamic summer research opportunity for Native American undergraduate junior and senior students who are interested in Health Science research. The internship is located at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is a 10-week, paid summer internship, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Find out more about NARI here.

Genomics Summer Research for Minorities Internship (GSRM)

The GSRM Internship provides a ten-week summer research program for undergraduate students interested in genomics research, personalized medicine and biosciences. The GSRM is funded by an NIH Research Education Program (R25) and supported by the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics. The paid internship provides students with placement in world-class genomics research groups, tailored mentorship, professional development workshops and access to state-of-the-art equipment and technology. More information and the application for GSRM can be found here.

PathMaker Cancer Research Program

The PathMaker Summer Research Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute’s goal is to increase the participation of underrepresented students in biomedical cancer research and to encourage students to prepare for careers in research, medicine, and education. This program sponsors students for a ten-week summer research experience where they will learn laboratory training techniques and work on a project as indicated by a principal investigator in a university laboratory setting. To find out more about the PathMaker Program, click here.


NOTICE: Due to guidance released and monitored by the University of Utah and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Admissions Office will be offering limited in-person support Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.

Please contact us to make an appointment with a member of our team.

Any questions can still be addressed via email or by phone. 


Phone: 801-581-7498
              800-444-8638 ext. 17498

Fax: 801-581-2931

Eccles Health Sciences Education Bldg - Suite 5900
26 South 2000 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

For information and updates on the University’s response to the COVID-19 health crisis, please visit

Talking Admissions New Photo