The Tulane Rural Medical Education (TRuMEd) program is designed to recruit and educate medical students who intend to enter practice in a rural area or small town of Louisiana, particularly in the field of Family Medicine. This scholarship is open to all Louisiana residents. TRuMEd scholars will receive a full tuition waiver for up to four years of medical school.
For consideration, qualified applicants must certify their intention to adhere to the following plan of training and practice:
Although TRuMEd places emphasis on students entering a Family Medicine career in rural areas, the program will support students whose career plans include other generalist medical fields and who plan to practice in rural Louisiana.
Complete the TRuMEd application including three letters from community leaders who live in the parish or area in which the applicant grew up or lived. The letters should attest to the applicant's background, personal qualities, and to his/her commitment to practice in a rural physician shortage area. These letters are in addition to the required premedical letters of recommendation submitted with Tulane's secondary application.
Submit the TRuMEd application to the Tulane University School of Medicine Office of Admissions and Student Affairs. The deadline for receiving the Tulane University School of Medicine Secondary Application and TRuMEd application is January 15, however, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
It is anticipated that:
In addition to the required premedical letters of recommendation submitted with a regular application, students applying to TRuMEd must furnish three letters from community leaders who live in the parish or area in which the applicant grew up or lived. The letters should attest to the applicant's background, personal qualities, and to his/her commitment to practice in a rural physician shortage area.
Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
TRuMEd students complete the standard Tulane University School of Medicine curriculum with extra features and emphasis that expose students to rural educational opportunities. Full time faculty members in the Department of Family and Community Medicine are assigned as advisors to TRuMEd students, beginning in the Freshman year and continuing throughout their four years at Tulane School of Medicine. Upon completing their first year of medical school, students will do an elective summer preclinical preceptorship in cooperation with the Louisiana Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), and may be eligible to receive a stipend to support this experience. TRuMEd students are expected to take their third year required Family Medicine Clerkship at a rural site, and will be given priority for placement choices on this rotation. (This six week clerkship is required of all Junior students.) TRuMEd students are encouraged to take their required senior subinternship in Family Medicine, and also a Senior rural elective preceptorships consisting of an in-depth experience with a physician in either solo or group practice in the United States. The TRuMEd office will work with TRuMEd students to select and assign clinical preceptors throughout their medical school experiences, wherever applicable.
The TRuMEd program offers two four-year full-tuition scholarships each year to qualified TRuMEd applicants from rural Louisiana who have . Recipients must sign a contract that obligates them to enter primary care (Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine or General Pediatrics) or general surgery training, and practice primary care or general surgery for 5 years in rural Louisiana in exchange for the tuition waiver. All TRuMEd applicants are automatically considered for this honor.
Lisa Mills Dougherty, Program Manager
Updated October 16, 2014.