Celebrating Complexity in the Emerging Diversity of Rural Medical Education

The RTT Collaborative Annual Meeting 2018
April 11-13, 2018 – Spokane and Colville, Washington

Meeting registration is now open

The RTT Collaborative holds an annual meeting in a location generally hosted each year by one of the Collaborative’s participants. This year’s meeting is in Spokane and Colville, Washington, home to the Spokane Teaching Health Center and the nation’s first “1-2 RTT.”

Since the first RTT in Colville, Washington, was granted accreditation as an experimental program more than 30 years ago, rural medical education programs in the United States have never stopped innovating! From one novel solution have come many. From a simple rule, the “1-2 format,” creative educators and program directors have elaborated a wonderful diversity of programs, each uniquely adapted to address the needs of their communities, meet the standards of accreditation and negotiate the complexities of medical education finance in a glorious variety of ways. Our community of practice in rural medical education now includes rural tracks in medical school and in residency, rurally-located programs and rural-centric urban programs, programs in specialties other than family medicine, even other health professions, all of them essential to rural communities.

All attendees are invited to participate in a pre-conference rural health professions education research Design and Dissemination Studio, and those who do so will be eligible for a $500 travel and meeting allowance, courtesy of Rural PREP, the collaborative for Rural Primary care Research Education and Practice.

This year’s annual meeting will feature a photo contest! More information can be found here, and the photo release form can be found here.

2018 Annual Meeting Agenda

 Early registration deadline:  February 28, 2018; Registration closes:  March 26, 2017

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Conference Registration – $500 early registration, or $550 after 2/28

RTT Collaborative Participants or Sponsors and 2017-2018 NIPDD Rural Fellows are eligible for a Reduced Conference Registration – $375 early or $425 after 2/28; Plenary speakers, members of the host planning committee, RTT Collaborative Board members and staff, medical students, and residents are paid registrants

If you attend the free pre-conference, Design and Dissemination Studio, you may be eligible for a $500 travel and meeting allowance to defray costs courtesy of Rural PREP, a new federally funded collaborative for Rural Primary Care Research.  Please indicate desire to participate during the registration process. Additional questions regarding the allowance should be emailed to Dawn Mollica 

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations made at least three weeks prior to the event will be charged a 10% administrative fee.  No refunds for cancellations will be made after March 28, 2018.

The RTT Collaborative has applied for CME prescribed credit from the American Academy of Family Physicians


Conference Hotel 

There are no more rooms available at the conference Historic Davenport Hotel.  An additional block of rooms has been set up at the Davenport Tower Hotel located directly across the street.

An additional block of rooms has been reserved at the Davenport Tower Hotel, until 3/12/18 at a discounted room rate of $149 + tax.  Please click on the hotel link above for a map and direct booking.

The Historic Davenport Hotel, Autograph Collection, 10 South Post Street, Spokane, WA  99201 (509)455-8888
The Davenport Tower Hotel, 111 South Post Street  Spokane  WA  99201
(800) 899-1482



Spokane International Airport – GEG is approximately 6.7 miles from hotel


Transportation & Parking

The hotel provides airport shuttle service, although a reservation is required and the fee is $25 one way per room.  The shuttle phone number is (509)455-8888.

For ground transportation information to/ from Spokane International Airport click here

On-site self-park in Davenport Hotel tower:  $17 a day

On-site valet parking:  $22 a day


Dining and Recreation


Explore Spokane dining and entertainment.



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Past Meetings