Rural Physicians Leadership Program

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine Rural Physician Leadership Program (RPLP) is an educational program housed in Morehead, Ky., designed to train future physicians and health care leaders to provide high-quality, compassionate care in rural settings.  An important outcome of this unique, four-year medical education program is that graduates gain knowledge and experience necessary to work with civic and community leaders to improve the general health of the communities they serve. RPLP currently accepts up to 12 students per year.

For Rural Physician Leadership Program (RPLP) students, years three and four of medical school are primarily based in Morehead, Ky. Students gain experience through St. Claire HealthCare and with physicians in the Northeast Kentucky region serving as preceptors. More information regarding the UK College of Medicine curriculum is with the link below.

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A supportive and close knit community.


At Morehead Regional Campus you will learn and serve with a smaller group of students, providing a sense of community as you journey through your medical academic career. Community building events take place throughout the year along with many opportunities to study and learn with other classmates.


Morehead is a place to be known within your academic medical career and form the relationships that will further your well being and success.

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Creating a brighter future for the Commonwealth and beyond.


In Kentucky many rural communities experience a shortage of physicians to care for their health needs. In Morehead you will gain hands on experience with serving communities with low access to health care and discover your unique passion for caring for a wide array of patients.


Morehead is a place to explore your passion for serving rural communities.

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Hear What Students Have To Say

“The Rural Physician Leadership Program has given me more than I could’ve ever imagined over the last 4 years. It was always my dream to pursue medicine and as soon as I learned about this program, I knew it would be an incredible opportunity. It has been that, but so much more. I have had irreplaceable hands on experiences in the operating room, one on one time with attendings learning evidence based medicine, and the ability to learn from and give back to a region that has given so much to me. This program has became my family and I will be forever grateful to have had the opportunity to be apart of it!”

Mikayla Arnett, Class of 2024

Rural Physicians Leadership Program allows for one-on-one training with faculty and unique education opportunities that are not always present in large academic centers. It also fosters a sense of community, not only within the College of Medicine but with the community of Morehead as well.

Emily Moore, Class of 2024

Morehead, Kentucky

Morehead is located in eastern Kentucky, nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Eastern Kentucky can only be described as an outdoor playground with activities such as mountain biking in the national forest, riding ATVs through the woods, or riding a jet ski on Cave Run Lake. Hunting and fishing are superb, and our pristine mountain lake is recognized nationally for Muskie fishing. For the experienced outdoorsperson, the Appalachian Trail runs nearby. Rock climbing is available at Red River Gorge. More leisurely trails wind through the Daniel Boone National Forest and at Carter Caves State Park. Bluegrass music is played live every weekend, and Morgan County’s Sorghum Festival is a favorite among the many county festivals in the fall. In the winter, season tickets are available for Morehead State University basketball. Much of the entertainment is homegrown, with local musicians and crafts people on display throughout the year.

To learn more about the area, visit The Morehead Chamber of Commerce or the Morehead Visitors Center. For more information on the city of Morehead, visit