Enhanced Rural Access and Training

Prinicipal Investigators: Darin Bell, MD; Co- Amy Matheny,MD;  Brett Bell, MD

Funding Organization: HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) PCTE-RTPC (Primary Care Training and Enhancement - Rural Training in Primary Care

Funding Amount: $2.5 million over 5 years

Duration: 2020-2025

The ERAT Program is designed to improve rural resident training and enhance the primary care workforce serving rural and medically underserved populations in the State of Montana by:

  • providing global enhancement of rural training for all residents with special focus on a) interprofessional, team-based care; b) skills in combatting the opioid crisis; c) use of telehealth; and d) preparation to work with underserved and culturally diverse populations.
  • developing and implementing both a rural intensive training track with an optional AI/AN focus; and a longitudinal rural ambulatory experience for interested residents;
  • providing site-specific training to primary care faculty and preceptors at rural healthcare sites with the goal of improving resident education as well as healthcare access and availability in rural areas.