The purpose of this organization is to sustain health professions education in rural places through mutual encouragement, peer learning, practice improvement, and the delivery of technical expertise, all in support of a quality rural workforce. The RTT* Collaborative (“the Collaborative,” or RTTC) is a board directed cooperative of participating programs and individuals committed to this mission. For a list of Participating Programs as of July 2020, download a PDF. Listing-of-Participating-Programs-7-2020.pdf (246 KB pdf) The Collaborative emerged as a sustainable non-profit from the RTT Technical Assistance Program, a Federal Office of Rural Health funded program from 2010-2016.
*Although “RTT” originally referred to a specifically defined and accredited “1-2 Rural Training Track,” it has become a moniker for any health professions education and training in rural places or with a rural focus.
The RTTC functions as a cooperative, with participating programs paying annual fees. These funds, fees from direct services, and charitable contributions support an administrative infrastructure, including communications, peer support and annual meeting planning. An executive director, in addition to leading the cooperative, serves as a spokesperson, content expert for participating programs, and source of information for external organizations. An administrative director coordinates services, manages budget and communications, and provides a reliable point of contact.
An annual meeting provides a collaborative forum for problem solving and innovation for the education of medical professionals in rural places. This in-person meeting, generally hosted by a participating program, increases communication while also creating an important platform for networking.
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An executive director and a panel of peer consultants provide technical assistance to established and developing rural medical school and residency programs in multiple specialties and in various configurations. For more information regarding these consultative services, click here.
The RTTC promotes student awareness and interest in rural training programs and assists participating programs with recruitment strategies. For more information, visit the “Student” section of our website.
The Collaborative maintains a database of rural programs in both undergraduate and graduate medical education, including demographics and outcomes. In addition, RTTC serves as the nucleus of a community of practice in rural health professions education research, supporting the Collaborative for Rural Primary care Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP).
Please read over our 2020-2021-Annual-Report-Final.pdf (1 MB pdf) !