For students who rotate at a participating "1-2" Rural Training Track residency program between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014.
Students can apply directly to the National Rural Health Association for up to $1,000 reimbursement for travel and/or for lodging during the course of a medical school rotation at an RTT's rural site. The rotation must be for a minimum of 14 days and must occur during the 2013-2014 residency year. Students shall submit a notice of intent to NRHA for approval (available below) prior to the rotation.
Many medical schools require extensive documentation and prior approval as well. Be sure to check with the appropriate office in your institution as soon as possible to facilitate this process. Here is a sample form that you may wish to adapt to your situation:
- Sample Elective Rotation Form (included in packet below)
Following NRHA notice to the student that the rotation has been approved and within 30 days of completion of the rotation, the student is responsible for submitting the following documentation:
- A report and reflection on their experience (one page minimum)
- Receipts of all travel and lodging expenses and a travel expense form
- Verification by the RTT Program Director, Site Director, or Coordinator that the student has satisfactorily completed the rotation and met the 14-day requirement
Reimbursement will only occur with completion of this documentation and payment will be made directly to the student, not to the program or any other entity
Any student from an accredited US medical school, allopathic or osteopathic, is eligible to participate. For a list of participating RTT programs, visit the Rural Program Profiles page.
Download the RTT rotation reimbursement packet [PDF]
Invite your spouse or significant other to come along!
The Rural Training Track Technical Assistance Program, a program funded through the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, is offering a travel stipend for significant others (s/o) of RTT residency applicants who travel with the applicants to their on-site interviews with the 1-2 RTT programs.
This travel stipend is intended to help cover your spouse or significant other’s travel by ground or air and lodging for your interview, so that they can accompany you to the interview. A list of RTT programs is available at http://www.traindocsrural.org/?q=profiles.
What do you have to do to receive this travel reimbursement stipend?
- Notify your RTT interview staff that you are interested in the s/o travel stipend program, providing him/her with the name of your significant other.
- Ask the individual RTT program what paperwork they will need from you to process your travel stipend.
- At your on-site interview, make sure that you and your significant other BOTH sign the participation form. (You cannot receive the travel stipend if both of you and a RTT representative do not complete this form.)
- Complete any other paperwork as required by the RTT program as they will be sending your travel stipend to you or your significant other directly.
Please note the following information:
- Your request to participate, your paperwork, and your reimbursement will be handled directly by the RTT where you are interviewing.
- You will not receive the stipend until after you and your significant other have attended the interview. It will not be available to cover cancelation costs if you cancel your interview or if your significant is unable to attend at the last minute.
- The RTT is responsible for submitting your participation form to the National Rural Health Association (the lead entity in the RTT Technical Assistance Program). You do NOT submit anything directly to NRHA.
- As a participant in this program, you may be contacted by a RTT Technical Assistance Program representative about your residency match, your interview experience, and/or your reason for selecting your residency program. Your significant other may also be contacted about his/her experience during the interview process.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Laura Hudson, RTT Technical Assistance Program representative at LHudson@NRHArural.org or 202.639.0550.