Participant fees support an infrastructure for this national co-op of peer programs for rural health professions education and training. These fees are invoiced in May of each year and paid annually as a participant for the academic year July 1 through June 30. In addition, for a single annual fee, participants also receive these benefits:
Technical assistance: Periodic technical assistance by phone or email at no charge, and extended services or technical assistance in person at 50% of the usual charge. The latter potentially represents at least a $5,000 benefit.
Reduced Annual Conference Fee: For two individual program faculty, administrators, or staff.
Promotion: Our participating programs are promoted to potential students and faculty on our website and in other public venues.
Regular Communication: Through a quarterly RTT Collaborative newsletter, group email list notification of important events, and the development of social media and other platforms for group communication
Research Network: Faculty and residents can use their participation in research activities of the RTT Collaborative as evidence or scholarly activity for the purpose of program accreditation. The Collaborative for Rural Collaborative Primary care Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP) is situated alongside the RTT Collaborative, and offers support in disseminating scholarly work.
Faculty Development: Through annual meeting participation and the development of online learning communities, videoconference Rural PREP Rounds, faculty fellowship opportunities, and peer consultation, and a Google ListServ.
NIPDD Rural Fellows scholarship: Each year the Board selects two individuals to receive a full tuition scholarship of $5,500 for NIPDD, a year-long series of meetings and projects devoted to program director development; strong preference is given to faculty from participating programs.
Nominations to the Board: Preference is given to participating programs in nominating individuals from to the Directors on the Board.
Advocacy: At the level of national accrediting bodies and federal and state government for the accreditation, finance, and governance of rural programs; Professional staff or other peer assistance with the appeal of any adverse action by an accrediting body.