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Is president’s budget good for GME?

Residency Program Insider, March 14, 2014

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President Obama’s 2015 budget proposal proposes creating 13,000 new residency positions to encourage training for physicians who work in primary care and other needed specialties.
 
The budget proposal, released March 4, requests $5.23 billion over 10 years to fund the residencies, creating “a new competitive graduate medical education program that incentivizes high-quality physician training.” The new program includes $100 million in funding for pediatrics training in children’s hospitals starting in 2015.
 
While the American Academy of Family Physicians applauded Obama’s proposal, not all medical education advocacy groups are so pleased. Darrell J. Kirch, MD, CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, said he appreciated the president’s recognition of physician shortages, but was concerned about cuts to other sources of GME funding in the budget, according to a post on the association’s website. Those cuts include a $15 billion reduction to Indirect Medical Education funds through the Medicare program.
 
“As the nation’s hospitals are already required to absorb billions of dollars in funding cuts, these additional reductions to teaching hospitals would make it very difficult for them to carry out their missions,” Kirch said.



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