All rural programs offer significant (>50%) training in a rural place. Some rural programs are small enough or are in rural communities without all the resources to teach certain aspects of family medicine. An integrated rural training track offers the opportunity to train in a resource-rich urban center in addition to training in a relationship-rich rural community. This combination prepares resident physicians for practicing medicine in challenging settings – whether rural, underserved urban or international – while providing individualized mentoring and coaching during residency. For a more complete definition of a rural program, click here.
A residency program in an urban location may also intentionally focus on the training of rural physicians (a “rural-centric” program). It is important, if you choose to train for rural practice in an urban program, that you ask probing questions. Here is a list of questions to ask of any of these programs to really determine how rurally-focused a program may actually be.
Here is a link to the rural programs and integrated rural training tracks who participate in The RTT Collaborative:
Here is a link to all rural family medicine programs in the U.S.: Rural Residencies July 2017