What is a Rural Program?

A rural residency program is an accredited program in health professions education and training in which trainees spend the majority of their time training (more than 50%) in a rural place. For a more complete description and an article about rural residency program definitions click here. A rural program in medical school is an organized and deliberate medical school strategy to produce physicians to rural practice.

There are currently nine (9) schools of medicine that are located in a rural community, and thirty-nine (39) medical schools with a rural program for a select number of students. For a current listing of this growing community of practice in rural medical education download the CoP Directory 10-2019. For a map of program participants in The RTT Collaborative, see below. For a map of all the rural Family Medicine Programs in the United States click here.

Rural Recognition Program

Aware of the need to highlight and expand the visibility of the rural physician training community and wishing to provide students with information relevant to their training for rural practice, the RTT Collaborative Board has chosen to recognize in a special way both rurally-located and rurally-focused programs in any specialty who have a history of placing graduates in rural community practice. Any program can be recognized for the percentage of graduates, on a 3-year rolling average, who have established an initial place of practice in a rural community and/or are in rural practice 3 years following graduation. Programs are listed if this percentage is >/= to 35% in the rolling three years ending in the year prior to recognition or if there were greater than 3 graduates per year in that same time-frame. Programs may follow these links for more information and a Program-Recognition-Workbook-2019 that can be submitted to longenec@ohio.edu for recognition. Applications for the 2019 list were due July 5, 2019, and are now closed, but will open again next May. Click here for this year’s list.

What is the RTT Collaborative?

The RTT Collaborative is a cooperative of rurally focused health professions education and training programs from around the United States. This includes both undergraduate and graduate medical education programs and is beginning to expand to include other health professions. Although not all programs are rurally located or meet the definition outlined above, they are all invested in producing health professionals to rural practice!

How Can I Get Involved? FAQs

Map of Participating Programs

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program

155 Glasson Way

The Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program (SNMH FMRP) will have residents complete their intern year at Methodist Hospital and Mercy Family Medicinal Clinic in Sacramento.  In PGY2 ...

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University of Cincinnati Area Health Education Center

1981 James Sauls Sr. Drive

The University of Cincinnati AHEC Rural Health Track is for current health professions students interested in positioning themselves to join a well-prepared, diverse and culturally competent primary care workforce.

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Montana WWAMI TRUST Program

937 Highland Blvd.

The Montana Targeted Rural and Underserved Track (TRUST) is an optional University of Washington School of Medicine Program. TRUST provides an exceptional educational experience to prepare University of Washington WWAMI ...

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Thermopolis Wyoming Rural Training Track

120 North C Avenue

An innovative program located in a truly rural/frontier environment set to immerse and train residents in a full spectrum family medicine experience. With a robust 1st year at the  University ...

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McLeod Health -“Coming soon in 2021”

555 E. Cheves Street

The McLeod Family Medicine Rural Residency will  be looking for its inaugural class of residents to begin July 1, 2021.  The program recently received notification of a site visit and ...

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University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Regional Centers (Magnolia) Rural Program

1617 N. Washington

Unopposed, small program with a total of 9 Family Medicine residents (3-3-3) lends itself to quality one-one-one interaction with faculty and provides plenty of hands-on learning experiences. Family Medicine Clinic ...

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Providence St. Peter-Summit Pacific Rural Family Medicine program

600 E. Main Street

Traditional 1:2 rural program integrated with Providence St. Peter Family Medicine Residency program in Olympia, WA which offers hands-on training across the patient care delivery spectrum. Educational experiences span the ...

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Wright Rural Medical Scholars Program

7600 Lake Campus Drive

The Wright Rural Medical Scholars (WRMS) program includes a track for students who want an extensive rural experience that spans their medical education and stand alone experience for students who ...

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University Of Missouri Family Medicine Residency Rural Track at Bothwell Regional Health Center

601 E. 14th Street, Sedalia, MO

The well-established family medicine residency program at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO,will expand their program to create a rural track;  the residents will spend the 2nd and 3rd ...

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Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine Rural Initiative

7000 Chad Colley Blvd., Fort Smith, AR 72906

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University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Elko Rural Residency Training Site

701 Walnut Street, Elko, NV 89801

The Elko Rural Residency Training Site is an additional training site of the University of Nevada, School of Medicine, Reno’s Residency Program.  It has the same ACGME number as the ...

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CHI Mercy Health – Roseburg Family Medicine Residency

2460 NW Stewart Parkway, Suite 210, Roseburg, OR 97471

Newly accredited, unopposed, 8/8/8 residency program embedded in an innovative Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) practice and affiliated with a full-service regional medical center in Roseburg, Oregon.  Our mission is ...

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St. Luke’s University Health Network

34 S. Railroad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252

St. Luke’s University Medical Center, in Bethlehem, PA, was accreditation as a rural program in 2018 based in Warren, NJ (the urban site for PGY1) and Tamaqua, PA (the rural ...

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East Carolina University

Brody School of Medicine at Vidant Medical Center, 2100 Stantonburg Road, Greenville, NC 27834

East Carolina University and Vidant Medical Center are exploring the development of a consortium of rural programs in eastern North Carolina.

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St. Claire Medical Center

316 W. Second Street, Suite 203, Morehead, KY 40351

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Adventist Health Ukiah Valley Family Medicine Residency Program

495E East Perkins Street, Ukiah CA 95469

Integrated RTT

An “unopposed” (stand alone) Family Medicine Residency Program. Program focusses on full scope rural family medicine, based at the University of CA Davis for PGY1 and our sole ...

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The University of Arizona College of Medicine at South Campus Family Medicine Residency

2800 E. Ajo Way, Room 3006

Developing Rural Program

UACOM-SC FMR offers the best of many worlds. We serve the urban underserved in an academic hospital with the feel of a small community hospital. Required rural ...

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Providence Holy Family Hospital Family Medicine Residency Rural Training Track Pullman WA

835 Southeast Bishop Blvd., Pullman, WA 99163

Currently seeking ACGME accreditation, anticipate having first residents begin in Spokane WA. Eight residents will match to Spokane and spend R1 year in urban setting.  R2/R3 years spent in rural ...

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Swedish Port Angeles RTT

240 W Front St., Port Angeles, WA 98362

RTT Program where the 1st year is spent in Seattle at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency.  The second and third years are located in Port Angeles at the ...

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Central Washington Family Medicine Residency Program Ellensburg Rural Site

521 East Mountain View Avenue, Ellensburg, WA 98926

Central Washington Family Medicine Residency Program Ellensburg Rural Track (CWFMR-E) is a 3-year family medicine program sponsored by Community Health of Central Washington and affiliated with the University of Washington ...

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University of Washington School of Medicine Chelan Rural Training Program

331 NE Thornton Place Seattle, WA 98125

1:2 rural training program based out of the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency. This unique program offers the best of both worlds as it combines the benefits of a ...

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St Peter Family Medicine Chehalis Rural Training Program

931 S. Market Blvd. Chehalis, WA 98532

Our residency is a high functioning Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), where you work with a tight knit team including family medicine faculty, medical assistants, a triage nurse, a nurse ...

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Aurora Lakeland RTT Family Medicine Residency

W3985 County Rd NN, Elkhorn, WI 53121

Our program is in the 1-2 format, with PGY1 in Milwaukee with the Aurora Family Medicine Residency, and PGY2/3 in Elkhorn Wisconsin. The Elkhorn/Lakeland area is a unique blend of ...

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Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program

2669 N. Scenic Drive, Alamogordo, NM 88310

GCRMC is preparing to meet the needs of our community and of nation-wide medical education programs by establishing a Family Medicine Residency Program.  We plan to offer residents experience in ...

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Pierre Rural Family Medicine Residency

521 E. Sioux Ave., Pierre, SD 57501

The Pierre Rural Family Medicine Residency is devoted to providing an excellent education that prepares physicians for practice in South Dakota and other areas of the mostly rural upper Midwest.  ...

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University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency – Morgan County Rural Training Track

729 E. Railroad Ave., Fort Morgan, CO 80701

Morgan County RTT is a 1-2 program with the first year of training based at the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency in Denver.  The second and third years are ...

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HealthPartners Western Wisconsin Rural Family Medicine Residency

265 Griffin Street East, Amery, WI 54001

The new 1-2 rural training track provides a unique real practice environment.  The first year will be spent at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN where we have provided ...

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler Rural Family Medicine Residency – Pittsburg

2701 US Highway 271 N, Pitttsburg, TX 75686

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler Rural Family Medicine Residency – Pittsburg program is a rural training track that is independently accredited by the Accreditation Council on ...

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UNTHSC TCOM Rural Medical Education Program

3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107

The ROME Program at UNTHSC is an innovative educational program designed to prepare students for life and practice in a rural or underserved community. This rural medicine curriculum includes academic ...

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University of Wisconsin Baraboo Rural Training Track Family Medicine Residency Program

1700 Tuttle St. Baraboo, WI 53913

Located just 45 minutes north of Madison, the Baraboo RTT Family Medicine Residency Program trains residents in a rural setting, providing them with a lifestyle that truly mimics private practice ...

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UND Minot – CHI St. Alexius Health – Williston Medical Center/Rural Residency

1201 11th Avenue SW, Williston, ND 58701

The program emphasizes rural family medicine training in the setting where it is practiced. Residents enjoy a well-rounded first year in Minot, N.D., a small city of 47,000 and the ...

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UND Bismarck-Center for Family Medicine-Hettinger RTT

West River Health Regional Medical Center, 1000 Highway 12, Hettinger, ND 58639

The first year of residency is done in Bismarck at the core program.  The last two years are done at the rural site in Hettinger.  The core program has a ...

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The University of Oklahoma Rural Residency Track at St. John’s

3400 SE Frank Phillips Blvd., Bartlesville, OK 74006

We are a full-range rural family medicine residency. The clinic schedules are structured enough to ensure that our residents can provide excellent primary medical care for their patients in a ...

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Swift River Rural Training Track

430 Franklin St. Rumford, ME 04276

At the Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency program, the only rural track in New England, students train at the Central Maine Medical Center, a community teaching hospital, for ...

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Southern Colorado Family Medicine Alamosa Rural Training Track

1710 First St. Alamosa, CO 81101

The residents first year of training will take place in Pueblo Colorado, as part of a 40 year old family medicine training program with strengths in procedural training, to include ...

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Seneca Lakes Family Medicine Residency Program

11082 N. Radio Station Rd., Seneca, SC 29678

Procedure-focused rural training, including surgical obstetrics and in-office EGD and colonoscopy. Active OB population includes a Hispanic clinic. Wilderness medicine fellowship is available during PGY-2 and PGY-3. The program is ...

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Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program

1901 Redrock Dr. Gallup, NM 87301

RMCHCS is currently developing a family medicine residency program to serve the Four Corners area.  RMCHCS Family Medicine will train residents in the full spectrum of rural healthcare, with a ...

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Providence Oregon Family Medicine Hood River Rural Training Program

810 12th Street, Hood River, Oregon 97031

We are an innovative Family Medicine Rural Training Program located in beautiful Hood River, Oregon. We are a multidisciplinary team of Physicians, Nurses, Hospital and Clinic staff, administrative professionals and ...

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Oregon Health & Science University – Cascades East Family Medicine Residency

2801 Daggett Avenue, Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601

Cascades East is a rurally-based three year residency program located in Klamath Falls, Oregon. It is university-administered through Oregon Health & Science University and community-based at Sky Lakes Medical Center ...

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Ohio University Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways Program (RUSP)

1 Ohio University Irvine Hall 126, Athens, OH 45701

The Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways (RUSP) program helps prepare medical students to practice in underserved areas, both urban and rural. Through classroom preparation, rural and urban clinical experiences, and ...

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North Colorado Medical Center – Wray Rural Training Track

1017 West 7th St. Wray, CO 80758

The faculty of the Wray RTT believe that the best training to become a rural family physician is to BE a rural family physician. Following a robust 15 months education ...

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North Colorado Medical Center – Sterling Rural Training Track

615 Fairhurst Street Sterling, CO 80751

Following a robust first year with NCFM in Greeley, resident physicians move 100 miles northeast to Sterling, a community of 14,000, for years 2 and 3. An entirely longitudinal curricular ...

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Wayne County Hospital RESST (Rural Expanded Surgical Skills Track) Fellowship

417 South East Street, Corydon, Iowa 50060

This is a 4th year of fellowship training offered by a Critical Access Hospital.  The fellowship will provide procedural training in C-section, D & C, postpartum tubal ligation, upper and ...

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Hidalgo Medical Services Family Medicine Residency Program

1007 Pope Street, Silver City, NM 88061

The HMS Family Medicine Residency Program seeks to train the next generation of Family Medicine primary care physicians in a rural community health center environment, and prepare them to practice ...

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Family Medicine Rural Training Track – Colville

1200 E. Columbia, Colville, WA 99114

It has been our privilege at Providence Northeast Washington Medical Group to have established the first Family Practice Rural Training Track site in the United States in 1986. The Colville ...

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Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana – Kalispell

401 W. Railroad St. Missoula, MT 59802

The Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana (FMRWM) is a 3-year family medicine program sponsored by The University of Montana and affiliated with the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency ...

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Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, Inc., Magic Valley RTT

709 North Lincoln Jerome, ID 83338

South Central Idaho, commonly known as the “Magic Valley” due to the phenomenal growth of crops, is now also “magic” due to the medical community and the extremely broad training ...

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Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, Inc., Caldwell RTT

666 Elm St. Caldwell, ID 83605

Welcome to the Caldwell Rural Training Track (RTT) Family Medicine Residency. The RTT is a branch of the main Family Medicine Residency of Idaho Program that is designed especially for ...

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Cahaba Family Medicine Residency

405 Belcher St., Centreville, AL 35042

Cahaba Family Medicine Residency is an unopposed, community-based family medicine training program dually accredited by both the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). ...

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Interested in learning more about each of the RTT Collaborative’s Participating Programs? Click on their pin in the map above (zooming in as needed to explore regional clusters) and select ‘More Info’ or click the name of a participating program below to view the program’s profile!

Profiles

Adventist Health Ukiah Valley Family Medicine Residency Program – Ukiah, California

Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine Rural Initiative – Fort Smith, AR

Aurora Lakeland RTT Family Medicine Residency – Elkhorn, Wisconsin

Cahaba Family Medicine Residency – Centreville, Alabama

Central Washington Family Medicine Residency Program Ellensburg Rural Site – Ellensburg, Washington

CHI Mercy Health – Roseburg Family Medicine Residency – Roseburg, Oregon

East Carolina University – Greenville, North Carolina

Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, Inc., Caldwell RTT – Caldwell, Idaho

Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, Inc., Magic Valley RTT – Jerome, Idaho

Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana – Kalispell – Kalispell, Montana

Family Medicine Rural Training Track – Colville – Colville, Washington

Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program – Alamorgordo, New Mexico

HealthPartners Western Wisconsin Rural Family Medicine Residency – Amery, WI

Hidalgo Medical Services Family Medicine Residency Program – Silver City, New Mexico

McLeod Health -“Coming soon in 2021” – Florence, SC

Montana WWAMI TRUST Program – Bozeman, Montana

North Colorado Medical Center – Sterling Rural Training Track – Sterling, CO

North Colorado Medical Center – Wray Rural Training Track – Wray, Colorado

Ohio University Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways Program (RUSP) – Athens, Ohio

Oregon Health & Science University – Cascades East Family Medicine Residency – Klamath Falls, Oregon

Pierre Rural Family Medicine Residency – Pierre, South Dakota

Providence Holy Family Hospital Family Medicine Residency Rural Training Track Pullman WA – Pullman, Washington

Providence Oregon Family Medicine Hood River Rural Training Program – Hood River, Oregon

Providence St. Peter-Summit Pacific Rural Family Medicine program – Elma, WA

Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program – Gallup, New Mexico

Seneca Lakes Family Medicine Residency Program – Seneca, South Carolina

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program – Grass Valley, CA

Southern Colorado Family Medicine Alamosa Rural Training Track – Alamosa, Colorado

St Peter Family Medicine Chehalis Rural Training Program – Chehalis, Washington

St. Claire Medical Center – Morehead, Kentucky

St. Luke’s University Health Network – Tamaqua, Pennsylvania

Swedish Port Angeles RTT – Port Angeles, Washington

Swift River Rural Training Track – Rumford, Maine

The University of Arizona College of Medicine at South Campus Family Medicine Residency – Tucson, Arizona

The University of Oklahoma Rural Residency Track at St. John’s – Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Thermopolis Wyoming Rural Training Track – Thermopolis, Wyoming

UND Bismarck-Center for Family Medicine-Hettinger RTT – Hettinger, North Dakota

UND Minot – CHI St. Alexius Health – Williston Medical Center/Rural Residency – Williston, North Dakota

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Regional Centers (Magnolia) Rural Program – Magnolia, Arkansas

University of Cincinnati Area Health Education Center – Batavia, OH

University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency – Morgan County Rural Training Track – Fort Morgan, Colorado

University Of Missouri Family Medicine Residency Rural Track at Bothwell Regional Health Center – Sedalia, MO

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Elko Rural Residency Training Site – Elko, NV

University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler Rural Family Medicine Residency – Pittsburg – Pittsburg, Texas

University of Washington School of Medicine Chelan Rural Training Program – Chelan, Washington

University of Wisconsin Baraboo Rural Training Track Family Medicine Residency Program – Baraboo, Wisconsin

UNTHSC TCOM Rural Medical Education Program – Fort Worth, Texas

Wayne County Hospital RESST (Rural Expanded Surgical Skills Track) Fellowship – Corydon, Iowa

Wright Rural Medical Scholars Program – Celina, Ohio