Rural residency programs are accredited medical residency training programs that primarily train residents in rural training sites for greater than 50 percent of their total time in residency, and focus on producing physicians who will practice in rural communities.
The goal for the RRPD program is for each recipient to establish a new rural residency program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and has a strong sustainability plan for a stable future financial outlook by the end of the period of performance. All RRPD program recipients should be capable of effectively training physicians to practice in and meet the clinical needs of rural populations. As a result, the proportion of graduates from these programs entering careers in practices primarily serving rural populations is expected to markedly exceed that seen in other programs across the nation.
For more information on program objectives, see Page 3 of the RFP document listed in Supporting Documents, below.
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