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Residency program unable to enroll new class

Residency Program Insider, February 6, 2015

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Due to the loss of funds from Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education program, the Sierra Vista Family Medicine Residency Program in Fresno, California, is unable to enroll a new class of residents.
 
With the federal funding set to end June 2016 and with no indication that they will be restored, the non-profit organization Fresno Healthy Communities Access Partners, which handles the program’s money, had to drop the plans to enroll the Sierra Vista’s third class of residents. The program, which began in 2012, will continue to train its four first-year and four second-year residents. The cost to train one resident for a year is $150,000.
 
The Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education program allocated $230 million in 2010 for a five-year initiative to increase the number of primary care residents in community-based settings. Due to its popularity, funds were depleted faster than expected and health centers are expected to receive only $70,000 per resident. Sixty programs based at community health centers nationwide face losing funds.
 
Source: The Fresno Bee

 



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