Mosaic Life Care and the University of Missouri-Kansas City will be partnering to bring 20 medical students to St. Joseph in January as part of a program aimed at increasing staffing in rural hospitals.

The program is being started due to a grant of $7 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration, a news release from UMKC said.

The program will be bringing 20 medical students to St. Joseph to study in partnership with Mosaic.

Among the medical students, at least five spots will be reserved for Missouri Western State University students.