Financial support, recommendations available to students willing to practice in rural Illinois after graduation.
Medical students seeking financial support or recommendations to attend the University of Illinois College of Medicine may apply to the Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program (RIMSAP).
Established by the Illinois State Medical Society and the Illinois Farm Bureau, RIMSAP aims to increase the number of rural primary care physicians in Illinois. Since the program began in 1948, RIMSAP has assisted more than 800 medical students.
Interested students must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 5-point scale. Nontraditional students who have competed their undergraduate degree may also apply. Once accepted into medical school, RIMSAP students are eligible for educational loans up to $50,000 at a 4 percent interest rate for four years of medical school.
In exchange for a recommendation or financial assistance provided by RIMSAP, students agree to specialize in family practice or another primary health care field, such as internal medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics, OB-GYN, psychiatry, general surgery, emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics or anesthesiology. They further agree to establish a practice in an approved rural Illinois community for at least five years.
RIMSAP applicants must be Illinois residents and must file their application by Nov. 1 to be considered for the 2018 freshman class. Applicants also must complete the required American Medical College Admission Service forms and mail them by Oct. 1 to the U of I College of Medicine.
Applicants may visit rimsap.com or contact a county Farm Bureau office to apply. For more information, contact Donna Gallivan at 309-557-2350.