About the Rural Training Track Technical Assistance Program
The Rural Training Track (RTT) Technical Assistance Program is a consortium that taps the expertise of individuals and programs distributed across the nation in an effort to sustain the RTT residency programs as a national strategy in training physicians for rural practice. Learn about RTT residency programs.
Part of the President’s Improving Rural Health Care Initiative, the RTT Technical Assistance Program is a demonstration program with the goal of improving fill rates of RTT programs, increasing the sustainability of existing RTT programs, and helping new RTT programs get started. By engaging the expertise of RTT program directors, faculty, and staff around the nation, this program provides an opportunity to share information about the factors that have helped existing RTT programs to thrive, better understand their threats, and provide technical assistance to help support success and expansion of all RTTs.
The Rural Training Track (RTT) Technical Assistance Program will:
- Sustain current RTT programs
- Assist in the development of new RTT programs
- Increase the number of students who match to RTTs
- Create a master-file of data on RTT program characteristics and outcomes
This website is designed to provide resources and information for existing RTTs, communities, providers, and educational institutions interested in replicating this model, as well as others interested in rural physician workforce issues.
RTT Technical Assistance Program Leadership
- Amy Elizondo – Project Director
- Dr. Randall Longenecker – Senior Project Advisor (Curriculum Vitae)
- Dr. David Schmitz – Project Advisor
The Rural Training Track Technical Assistance Program is operated as a partnership of four organizations with a strong commitment to improving access to healthcare in rural communities. The partners work collaboratively to address rural physician workforce shortages by supporting the development and sustainability of RTT programs. Partners include:
- National Rural Health Association (NRHA) – Lead partner
- National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH)
- Rural Assistance Center (RAC)
- Washington-Wyoming-Alaska-Montana-Idaho (WWAMI) Rural Health Research Center
The Rural Training Track Technical Assistance Program is a three year national demonstration program which began in September 2010. It is supported by funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration's Office of Rural Health Policy.