RIMSAP Deadline is Nov. 1

Rimsapinside (3)For medical students growing up in a city, practicing in a small town may never cross their minds. Illinois Farm Bureau's Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program (RIMSAP) sparks that thinking by offering incentives to students who make the commitment to serve a rural community when they become doctors.

The History

IFB teamed up with the Illinois State Medical Society in 1948 to create the RIMSAP program. If medical students agree to practice in a rural community for at least five years after they graduate, RIMSAP provides low-interest student loans and recommendations to get into University of Illinois College of Medicine. It's not easy to get into either the U of I medical school or the RIMSAP program, but for those who do, its rewards are great. 

The Results

More than 800 students have been assisted with a recommendation or loan monies. Many have fallen in love with small-town living and have provided decades of quality healthcare for their neighbors.

When and How to Apply

Freshman student applicants must submit their completed Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program applications to Donna Gallivan by November 1 to be considered as a candidate for the medical school enrollment the following August. The application must be signed by your county Farm Bureau president.

Applicants must also complete the required American Medical College Admission Service Forms. AMCAS applications must be submitted by October 1 in order to be on record with the University of Illinois College of Medicine by November 1.

The Board of the Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program conducts an annual interview meeting for freshman students the first week of January. Students qualifying for the interview are notified and invited in mid-November. For an application and additional information go to www.rimsap.com.

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Click here for a brochure on RIMSAP.

Visit the Website

Click here to visit the RIMSAP website.