Congress Has Increased Rural Physician Training – Is it Working? 

Experts analyze Medicare-funded residency training two years after Congress created 1,000 new residency slots reserved specifically for rural and underserved areas.  The data show a need to re-examine residency slot distribution methods, sustainable funding, and technical assistance supporting rural locations.   FORHP began a separate effort a few years before with the Rural Residency Planning and Development Program (RRPD).  Since 2019, RRPD has funded $54 million to 73 organizations across 36 states and six medical disciplines.