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2023 Annual Scholarly Intensive

for Rural Programs


One theme consistently identified in surveys of rural residency programs over the past ten years is the need for resources, faculty development, and technical assistance in promoting and conducting scholarly activity, including research in rural medical education. Join us for our annual one-day virtual Scholarly Intensive, taking place in early 2023. Stay tuned for more information



See materials below from the The RTT Collaborative 2022 Annual Scholarly Intensive  for Rural Programs – Online  January 20 – 21, 2022

2022-RTTC-Annual-Scholarly-Intensive-Archived-Agenda-and-Videos.pdf (238 KB pdf)


Meeting Agenda + Materials

Day One: Thursday, January 20, 2022

The Unique Challenges and Opportunities for Research in Rural Medical Education.pdf (778 KB pdf)

Jeff Hostetter, MD, MS, FAAFP, Program Director, UND Center for Family Medicine (ND)

Plenary I Video

Doing Research That Matters: Considerations for Excellence in Research Design and Implementation

Facilitated by Sharon Casapulla and Davis Patterson

Workshop I Video

Program Development: Promoting, Facilitating, and Funding Faculty Participation in Research

Facilitated by David Schmitz and Randy Longenecker

Workshop II Video

Engaging with the Communities We Serve (Panel)

Facilitated by Randy Longenecker

Mainstage Panel Video

In research, engagement with the community served occurs on a continuum, from research about the community, to research in the community, to research with members of the community. This facilitated panel presentation will briefly highlight the work of three researchers and community members who have engaged with a variety of communities in a variety of roles.


Day Two: Friday, January 21, 2022

What Makes a Research Question or Research Project Rural? (14 MB pdf)

Davis Patterson PhD, Rural PREP Project Director and Director, WWAMI Rural Health Research Center (WA)

Plenary II Video

Rural Health Research: Engaging the Community of Practice

Facilitated by Per Ostmo and Randy Longenecker

Workshop III Video

National Rural Health Research Centers: Bringing it Local: Two national researchers share how local level case studies complement and inform national research and vice versa

Research Collaborations: Bringing Us Together

    • Randy Longenecker (OH)
      • An asynchronous presentation by successful microresearcher and current FM resident Paulius Mui from Front Royal Virginia, “Research Appetite: A novel approach to building research capacity in family medicine,” will be used to trigger an interactive session focused on sharing our personal experiences with research collaboration.
    • Mark Deutchman (CO) Successful Collaborative Research From Concept to Publication (2 MB pdf)
      • Author of two collaborations around who really goes into primary care and the family physician impact on rural maternity care will describe the rewards and challenges of successful collaborations among rural programs

Design and Dissemination Studio: Contributing to a Scholarly Community of Practice

Design & Dissemination Studio: Contributing to a Scholarly Community of Practice Facilitators (1 MB pdf)

Facilitated by Davis Patterson and Dave Schmitz

Rural Residency Programs: Match Rates and Recruitment Strategies? (307 KB pdf) – (Completed Study)

Presented by Natalia Oster

  • Rural family medicine residency programs can struggle to recruit residents, just as rural communities struggle to attract physicians. We analyzed rural and urban program match rates using data from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for a 25-year period between 1996 and 2020. We also interviewed rural residency coordinators to identify successful recruitment strategies. Residency coordinators reported that successful strategies to recruit residents to rural programs include highlighting the small-town connections that characterize rural life, practice, and training and collaborating with community members outside of health care to introduce rural applicants to the community.

Curricular-Factors-Influencing-Rural-Practice-Read-Only.pdf (10 MB pdf) – (Proposed Study) 

Presented by Darin Bell

  • As a rurally focused residency program, we are interested in identifying curricular or other training factors that correlate with increasing likelihood of rural practice after graduation; and if such factors exist, determining if they are independent of preexisting characteristics of residents. Secondarily, we are interested in which factors are most strongly correlated with longevity in rural practice. We have developed a series of surveys for incoming residents, graduating residents, and past graduates, to gather information on preexisting characteristics and other potential factors which may correlate with rural interest and practice location. 

Establishing a Rural Research Learning Community: Is there interest and what would it take? 

Town hall discussion facilitated by Randy Longenecker and Dave Schmitz


Thank you to everyone who joined us!

*This meeting is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UH1HP29966, Academic Units for Primary Care Training and Enhancement (AU-PCTE), 2016-2022. This information or content should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.