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Rural Opportunities in Medicine (ROME)

Grand Forks, ND

Rural Opportunities in Medical Education(ROME)

ROME is a 24-32 week interdisciplinary experience in a rural primary care setting, open to third-year students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Students live and train in non-metropolitan communities under the supervision of physician preceptors. ROME students experience health care delivery in rural areas throughout the state of North Dakota, where providing access to health care is sometimes challenging.

Students learn about problems commonly encountered in primary care, from routine health maintenance to medical emergencies and rare and unusual diagnosis. Each primary preceptor is board-certified in family medicine, but students also will work with board-certified surgeons, internists, pediatricians, and other specialists available in the community.

Rural-based, Longitudinal, Interdisciplinary Curriculum What have we learned? (presented 10-19-11)

Site Assignment List (2014-15) (updated 7/23/14)

Master Schedule (updated 7/23/14)

ROME Mid-Experience Feedback & Action Plan


  • Devils Lake: Drs. Heidi Bittner and Derek Wayman
  • Dickinson: Dr. Kamille Sherman
  • Hettinger: Drs. Joshua Ranum and Catherine Houle
  • Jamestown: Drs. Scott Rowe and David Muhs
  • Williston: Drs. Robert Kemp and Mark Olson
Department of Family & Community Medicine
School of Medicine & Health Sciences
501 N. Columbia Road STOP 9037
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037
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