Residency

News in brief: Pediatric residency funding at risk

Residency Program Insider, August 9, 2011

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Legislation to reauthorize the funding for the Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education program is now expected to be considered in a Senate committee when Congress returns after Labor Day.

What's at stake is $330 million in funding to help cover the cost of 5,600 pediatric residencies at 56 free-standing children's hospitals across the country, which train 40% of the nation's pediatricians and 43% of pediatric sub-specialists. A spokes person for one children's hospital, which did not want to be identified, said the funding is necessary to support the training for certain pediatric specialties that remain in short supply. She noted that a five-week wait for an appointment is not unusual for pediatric specialty services in pulmonology, neurology, and endocrinology.

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