Rural Medical School Program – Fort Worth, TX

The ROME Program at UNTHSC is an innovative educational program designed to prepare students for life and practice in a rural or underserved community. This rural medicine curriculum includes academic activities and clinical experiences that continue throughout all four years of undergraduate medical education.

Unique Features

  • Rural students are first assist in many procedures in their rural rotations.  They are given direct access to their field faculty and are provided with immediate feedback.  Additional training in procedural skills and point of care ultrasound will be afforded in the first two years along with additional training in history and physical exam skills
  • The rural faculty preceptors have a personal commitment to helping educate the osteopathic physicians of tomorrow.  They often welcome student doctors into their homes, their churches and daily work lives.  Rural students have the opportunity to actually “try on” the life of a rural physician to see how it fits
  • Early clinical experiences and service opportunities will be introduced in the first year.  Our department faculty will be closely involved in these experiences to help students gain appreciation for clinical skills and professionalism
  • Students in the ROME (Rural Osteopathic Medical Education) program will be given additional opportunities for international and cross-cultural experiences and global health training beginning in the first year.  Integration of international rotations will augment the robust clinical training in the third and fourth year especially
  • International partnerships now exist in Thailand, Malawi, and Russia, giving our students a wide variety of experience in global health
  • Rural students are encouraged to pursue dual degrees or certificate programs in public health or global health during their four-year tenure