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One of the Lugar Center for Rural Health's (formerly the Midwest Center for Rural Health) original tasks was to help alleviate the shortage of physicians in rural areas. Beginning in 1992, SHRP began introducing medical students to Rural Family Practice with the intention of making practicing in rural and underserved areas a possibility for students. Click here for information about the Rural Training Track.

"While about 20% of Americans live in rural areas, only 9% of

Physicians practice in Rural Areas."

-Merritt Hawkins, 2018

What is SHRP

What is SHRP?

The Summer Hoosier Rural Preceptorship (SHRP) is a hands-on program for medical students during the summer between their first and second year. SHRP provides students with experiences that introduce them to the world of rural family medicine by immersing them in physician offices, critical access hospitals, and community health organizations. Students are given an opportunity to talk with physicians one on one and learn new skills. A stipend for student expenses is provided. 

Shan Antony, SHRP 2019

As a result of this program, I have learned so much more about myself, my interests, medicine, and what I want to do with my career.”

-Haley Hall, 2019

SHRP Archive 

SHRP 2019

Every year, SHRP students record a weekly reflection of their experiences. To view pictures from previous years click here, and to view posts from previous years click here.


“This program was really refreshing, and it is a good motivator for between the first and second year of medical school because I spent my first year just in the books and this summer really helps me realize why I spent that entire time buried in the books in the first place.”

-Javier Hernandez, 2019


What is the purpose of SHRP?

The purpose of SHRP is to match students with skilled preceptors who practice in rural or underserved areas. This practical experience will be garnered through physician and patient interactions.


These interactions occur with mostly MDs, DOs, and NPs. However you will also interact with other office staff, nurses, and support staff in the clinics and hospitals.

What kind of experiences can I expect?

We link you to specific areas of interest including public health, OB, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Emergency Medicine, EMS, and more. You also will attend the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) Annual Conference in June at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana.

Click here for information on IRHA's Annual Conference

How are preceptors, or sites, identified?

The Lugar Center reaches out to preceptors and asks them to select their preferred two-week block(s). Many preceptors have participated in the past and are very excited to participate again.

Click here for a map of previous sites

What kind of facilities will I be in?

You could be in a wide variety of sites including Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), EMS/Firehouses,

Health Departments, and more.

What could my schedule look like?

The schedule is broken into blocks. Each week you will be with a different preceptor.

Every other Friday is a didactic, or learning session with industry experts.

I don't live in Terre Haute. Is housing provided?

In the past, housing has been offered, but it is not guaranteed. If selected, the Lugar Center will be in

contact with you regarding housing needs.

SHRP Sites

“What I really appreciated about the day was seeing family physicians step into a variety of roles to serve their community in the positions that it needed. It was a validating and encouraging experience that motivated me to continue the journey toward family medicine.”

-Shan Antony,  SHRP 2019

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