Rural Residency Planning and Development Program

The purpose of this grant program is to develop new rural residency programs or Rural Training Tracks (RTT) in family medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatry, to support expansion of the physician workforce in rural areas.

The new rural residency programs or RTTs are intended to be sustainable

through separate public or private funding beyond the RRPD grant period of performance.

Rural residency programs are allopathic and osteopathic physician residency training programs that primarily train in rural communities, place residents in rural locations for greater than 50 percent of their training, and focus on producing physicians who will practice in rural communities.

A common model is the RTT, where the first year of training occurs within a larger program in an urban academic medical center and the final two years occur in a rural facility.
Related Programs

Rural Health Research Centers

Department of Health and Human Services

Who's Eligible

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NSF Program Desccription PD-98-1650

Additional Information of Eligibility:
Eligible applicants are: 1) rural hospitals, 2) rural community-based ambulatory patient care centers, including federally qualified health centers, community mental health centers or rural health clinics, 3) health centers operated by the Indian Health service, an Indian tribe or tribal organization, or an urban Indian organization; 4) schools of allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine, 5) public or private non-profit graduate medical education consortiums 6) entities such as faith-based and community-based organizations, capable of carrying out the grant activities.

If the applicant’s sustainability plan is to obtain Medicare graduate medical education payments, the applicant organization must be a rural hospital in accordance with Medicare regulations 42 CFR 412.64(b)(ii)(C).

See Section IV(ii) Project Sustainability for more information on sustainability options.

For more information about rural eligibility, please see Section I (2) Program Definitions.

Eligible applicants must be located in a rural location.

In the case of a consortium, a school of allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine, or other public or non-profit entity, eligible applicants must have a primary training partner (where resident training will occur primarily or exclusively) located in a rural area.

For more information about rural eligibility, please see Section I (2) Program Definitions.

Proof of rural designation of facilities and training sites must be submitted in Attachment 5.

Letters of agreement for residency partnerships and consortiums must be submitted in Attachment 3.

The RRPD-TA awardee (HRSA-18-117) is not eligible to receive funding under this notice.

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