NRHA Student Resources

For students interested in learning more about rural training, check out NRHA's student resources vetted by the association:

Medical Students

  • Rural Prep – Preparing for rural practice. The Rural PREP Resource Library is a curated list of webinars, studies, journals, programs, and websites focused on rural health and primary care.
  • ‚ÄčRural Immersion Institute of the North - The Rural Immersion Institute of the North (RIIN) is a roughly 3-week program that introduces healthcare students to the realities of providing care in rural Alaska. Students spend the beginning of the program in Anchorage, learning about Alaskan culture and meeting with healthcare professionals to hear about their experiences. The middle 10 days are spent job-shadowing healthcare professionals in a rural community somewhere in the state. The program ends back in Anchorage, where students present their experiences and lessons learned.
  • The RRT Collaborative – The purpose of this organization is to sustain health professions education in rural places through mutual encouragement, peer learning, practice improvement, and the delivery of technical expertise, all in support of a quality rural workforce.
  • Train Rural - Real Stories from Rural Students and Residents. This blog is part of an ongoing effort to tell the story of rural medical training programs. Blog postings here tell the story of individuals who have chosen to focus on rural practice and why they’ve done so.
  • Policy Brief - Rural Residency Training for Family Medicine Physicians: Graduate Early-Career Outcomes.

Nursing Students

  • Rural Nurse Organization - Recognition of the diversity of rural nursing practice. A voice for rural nurses to health care agencies, academia, and government. Offers continuing education and access to resources for rural nurses with the goal of providing quality health care for rural communities.
  • Promising Practice: Getting More Nurses Working in Rural Montana - Using a grow-your-own approach, MORH has joined with the Montana State University College of Nursing (MSU CON), where it is housed, to get more nurses trained and working in rural areas. The effort has been funded by two Health Resources and Services Administration grants, Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR), which prepares BSN-level nurses to work in rural primary care, and Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW), which trains rural-ready DNPs.
  • Reality Tour in Rural and Public Health Nursing - A rural immersion experience, as part of a nursing program, is one strategy to attract nurses to work in a rural area.
  • Policy Brief – RN Programs: Challenges for Rural Nurse Education.

Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants

  • Urgent Care and Rural Medicine Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Fellowship - This unique, intensive program will build upon the strength of our highly successful P.A. and N.P. practice already in place, combined with the largest and most effective family practice and urgent care practice in southwest Virginia. The fellowship will be a complement to the Urgent Care and Rural Health program, as N.P. and P.A. fellows will benefit from didactic and clinical experiences that mirror family medicine physician residency training.
  • Rural Health Doctor of Nursing Practice - Students at any UIC Nursing campus enrolled in any of the college’s 12 advanced practice DNP programs can elect to earn a concentration in rural nursing.
  • Physician assistants in rural communities - PAs in rural areas are more likely to practice in primary care specialties, have a wider scope of practice, and see patients who are uninsured or covered by Medicaid or Medicare.
  • Policy Brief - Which Physician Assistant Training Programs Produce Rural PAs? A National Study.

Public Health Students

·University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences - MPH, Concentration in Rural and Global Public Health.