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. This community extends beyond educators and administrators of these education training programs to include other stakeholders – individuals and organization engaged in research, policy, economic and community development, and social justice, as well as members of rural communities themselves. The RTT Collaborative is committed to a community engaged approach to program development, implementation and sustainability and we’d love to have you join us.
Although “RTT” originally referred to a specifically defined and accredited “1-2 Rural Training Track” in Family Medicine, it has also been used less specifically to mean a rural track in either medical school (often referred to as a “Rural Track”) or even residencies in other specialties. In addition, many rural residencies train health professionals other than physicians. Therefore, for the present, we’ve chosen to simply use the acronym as our general moniker for health professions education and training in rural places. Going forward, ‘Integrated RTT’ is the proposed nomenclature for rurally located medical residency programs that are a substantially integrated track with a larger, usually urban program.
Learn more about health professions education and training in rural places
Map and Directory of Rural Programs
Individuals and organizations can join The RTT Collaborative in any of the following ways:
- Attend an annual meeting
- Join the RTT Collaborative listserv as an individual and receive a quarterly newsletter – Simply email Dawn Mollica using the link to the left
- Become a participating program
- Engage with the collaborative for Rural Primary care Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP) or participate in a rural health professions research Design and Dissemination Studio in generating relevant research questions, participating in ongoing research projects, and assisting with the interpretation, dissemination, and practical implementation of research findings.
- Support the movement by contributing as an individual or organizational sponsor