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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. For instruction as to how to find a rural residency in any specialty, check out this download: Finding a Rural Residency or go to this page.

A residency program in an urban location may also intentionally focus on the training of rural physicians, and each year residency programs can apply for recognition of their efforts. Here is a download of the list for 2022: Rural-Recognition-2022-1.pdf (112.94 KB pdf) . 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.

Questions to Ask of a Residency Program

Here is the link to all rural family medicine programs and integrated rural training tracks, many of whom participate in The RTT Collaborative:

Rural Programs Map

Here is a link to an EXCEL file of all rurally located programs in the U.S., including medical schools and residencies in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and General Surgery: Abbreviated-Rural-Program-Listing-7.1.2023.xlsx (140.63 KB xlsx)

Finding Rural Programs in Other Specialties