The Rural Physician Associate Program is a 9-month elective during the third year of medical school. Students apply and are accepted and spend their time with preceptors in a primary care preceptors and specialists in rural communities across. Like their metro-area colleagues, student complete a course project which involves answering a clinical question generated during patient care in their settings. In addition to summarizing the research available to answer this clinical question, students also translate this medical language into a document suitable to inform an average patient on this topic – a Patient Education Tool (PET) handout. The information provided does not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Minnesota Medical School physicians and faculty. These materials are provided for informational purposes only and are in no way intended to take the place of the advice and recommendations of your personal health care provider. You use the information provided in these handouts at your own risk.