The Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (R/UOP) is a four-week elective experience for WWAMI students between their first and second years of medical school. Students spend 4 weeks working side-by-side with a local physician in a rural or urban underserved site within Alaska. The program goals are to:
1) provide students with an early exposure to the challenges and rewards of practicing primary care medicine in a rural or urban underserved setting
2) promote in students a positive attitude toward rural and urban underserved community medicine
3) provide students with an opportunity to learn how community health care systems function.

The R/UOP program is open to University of Washington medical students only and has been extremely popular with students.  The R/UOP program is funded by the Alaska Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) and the WWAMI medical program. In Alaska, students receive housing and travel assistance as well as stipends to cover the cost of food. Much of the housing is donated and preceptors from across Alaska volunteer their time!

For more information about the R/UOP program in Alaska contact:
Janice Troyer
Program Manager/Clinical Rotations Manager
Alaska Center for Rural Health-Alaska’s AHEC
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive, BOC3 250
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: (907) 786-6592
Fax: (907) 786-6573
Email: jktroyer@uaa.alaska.edu
R/UOP website: http://depts.washington.edu/fammed/education/programs/ruop