The last 30 years have seen the growth of a community of practice in rural health professions education that crosses specialty and other professional boundaries to share best practices, provide mutual encouragement and conduct collaborative research. To see a list of the seminal articles in rural health professions education and training please click here.
Join a community of rural educators in the health professions in one of the following ways:
- Attend an annual meeting
- Join the RTT Collaborative listserv as an individual and receive a quarterly newsletter
- Become a participating program
- Share a curricular resource (send either a link or document to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Join the Rural Medical Educators, a special interest group of the National Rural Health Association, and attend an annual meeting or RME Conclave
- Join the RTT Collaborative and others in the collaborative for Rural Primary care Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP)
Organic place-based education
The RTT Collaborative promotes an organic place-based approach to curriculum development based upon the assets of a rural community, rooted in the fertile soil of clinical practice and embedded in rural community life.
Download PDF: Curriculum Design for Rural Programs
Other curricular resources
- Competencies for Rural Practice (pdf)
- Comprehensive resource site for rural medical educators, Mark Deutchman MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine Rural Track
- Rural PREP Resources for professional development, teaching rounds, and research and scholarly activity related to rural health professions education
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