Recognition for Rural Graduation Rate

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. In years past, programs were listed if this percentage was >/= to 35% in the rolling three years ending in the year prior to recognition, based on 2016 data. The latest data supports a new bar for being ‘above average,’ with the average rural program graduating more than 50% to rural practice (Meyer et al 2021). Starting in 2023, programs will only be recognized for a >/= to 50% percent graduation rate to rural practice or for greater than 3 graduates per year to rural practice in that same timeframe, based on a mean rural program size of approximately 6 residents per year.

Follow this link for a full description of the program: Recognition for Rurally Focused Programs 2022. Applications for 2022 are now closed, but watch for the 2023 Rural Recognition applications to open in May.

The 2021 list: Programs-Featured-for-Rural-Graduation-Rate-7.9.2021.pdf (142 KB pdf)

The 2022 list: Rural Recognition 2022.pdf (107 KB pdf)