Big Sky, Small Places:  Innovations in Rural Training

2023 RTT Collaborative Annual Meeting
Missoula, Montana

Wednesday through Friday, April 5-7, 2023

Holiday Inn – Missoula Downtown, 200 S. Pattee Street, Missoula, MT

2023 Annual Meeting Program – Subject to change.

Brief schedule (pages 4-7) will be printed and available

This academic year, The RTT Collaborative is completing its tenth year of existence as a nationwide cooperative of rural programs and is happy to announce that the 2023 RTTC Annual Meeting will be hosted by our participating programs in Montana. We reference the Big Sky as we look to the horizon to navigate the future of rural health professions education.  With a growing recognition of the need to provide for better rural healthcare, there is a renewed emphasis on rural healthcare training.  But what does it mean to provide high quality care and education in and for rural places?  With a wide diversity of people and communities across North America, there is an array of healthcare structures and training models to meet local needs.

Surrounded by wildlife and national parks, join us as we explore together the many paths and trails that lead us through our own unique journey of rural medical education.

Join other educators and learners from rural health professions education and training programs around the nation, and leave with the knowledge to:

  1. Understand different models of healthcare education uniquely suited for rural environments
  2. Design or expand a rural training program to serve the broad needs of a community
  3. Adapt and implement novel ideas for your own program design and structure
  4. Better prepare your program to meet the requirements of accreditation and community needs
  5. Implement at least one innovative strategy for teaching learners to provide a broad scope of care
  6. Become part of a growing national network of programs and people training health professionals, throughout the continuum of education


About Missoula

Missoula is located in Western Montana.  View the Western Montana and Glacier National Park Visitors Guide, with specific sections AboutThings to Do, and Eat.

Many airlines offer direct flights to the Missoula airport. Other options include:

  • Bert Mooney Airport, Butte, MT – 2 hour drive to Missoula
  • Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport – 3 hour drive to Missoula
  • Spokane International Airport – 3 hour drive to Missoula
  • For a local perspective, we created a Completely Biased Insider’s Guide to Missoula for you with some great recommendations.


Questions should be directed to Jess Tripp at


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