A Community of Practice in Rural Health Research

The RTT Collaborative Annual Scholarly Intensive – Online

Hosted by the RTTC and supported by Rural PREP with funding by HRSA*
Save the Date: 12 Noon to 4 PM Eastern both days with optional hour 4:00 to 5:00 PM on Friday
Thursday and Friday, Jan. 20 – 21, 2022

2022-RTTC-Annual-Scholarly-Intensive-Schedule-Draft-12.4.2021.pdf (185 KB pdf)

To support a community of practice in rural health professions’ education and training program scholarship, The RTT Collaborative is establishing an Annual Scholarly Intensive for Rural Programs, beginning with this inaugural event online.

Join other health professions educators from rural training programs around the nation, to achieve the following:

  1. Increase the number and variety of scholarly publications, presentations and posters from programs, faculty and students in rural health professions education and training.
  2. Provide a forum for (a) dissemination, (b) faculty and student professional development and training, and (c) mutual encouragement
  3. Sustain and grow a community of practice in rural program scholarship among individuals and organizations engaged in the education and training of health professionals, both undergraduate and graduate programs, around our nation

The RTT Collaborative is applying for Prescribed Credit from the AAFP.

The event will include your participation in two of the four workshops offered in the following tracks:
  1. Doing Research That Matters: Considerations for Excellence in Research Design and Implementation
  2. Program Development: Promoting, Facilitating, and Funding Faculty Participation in Research
  3. Design & Dissemination Studio (by invitation only)
  4. Rural Health Research: Engaging the Community of Practice
Plenaries by Program Director from North Dakota Jeff Hostetter MD and WWAMI Rural Health Research Center and Rural PREP project director Davis Patterson PhD

One theme consistently identified in surveys of rural residency programs over the past ten years, including those conducted by Rural PREP, is the need for resources, faculty development, and technical assistance in promoting and conducting scholarly activity, including research in rural medical education. Rural medical education research can be defined as research about the process and outcomes of rural medical education as well as research on rural health conducted by trainees in the course of their education and training. Rural PREP has launched several efforts in the past five years to grow and support a community of practice (CoP) in rural program scholarship. The RTT Collaborative (RTTC), led by Rural PREP’s Associate Project Director and CoP Lead, Randall Longenecker, MD, is a national non-profit cooperative of programs in rural health professions education that has committed to sustaining several of these efforts, including a CoP directory of rural programs, a program of funded and mentored microresearch by trainees, and periodic rural health professions education Design and Dissemination Studios (DDS).

Any researcher, faculty person, student or trainee with a rural interest is welcome to participate. Participating individuals who are not otherwise paid an honorarium or other fee, and not otherwise paid by Rural PREP, are eligible for a $250 participant support incentive for each day of participation up to two days for up to 25-50 researchers, faculty, and students to attend The RTT Collaborative Annual Meeting (to be held in-person in Stevenson, WA, April 27-29, 2022).

There is no fee, but registration is required.

Register here by January 15!

*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.