This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Rural Residency Planning and Development (RRPD) Program. The purpose of this grant program is to support the development of new rural residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine, public health and general preventive medicine (hereafter referred to as “preventive medicine”), psychiatry, general surgery, and obstetrics and gynecology, to address the physician workforce shortages and challenges faced by rural communities. 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. One common model is the 1+2 Rural Training Track (RTT), where the first year of training occurs within a larger program, typically in an urban hospital or academic medical center, and the final two years in a rural health facility.
Eligible applicants are domestic public or private non-profit entities including domestic faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations. Specifically, these organizations include: 1) rural hospitals, 2) rural community-based ambulatory patient care centers, including federally qualified health centers (FQHC), community mental health centers or rural health clinics, 3) health centers operated by the Indian Health Service, tribe or tribal organization, or an urban Indian organization; 4) graduate medical education consortiums, including schools of allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine, 5) entities such as faith-based and community-based organizations, capable of carrying out the grant activities.