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AAFP calls for extension of Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program

Residency Program Insider, September 19, 2019

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With the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program set to expire on September 30, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is urging Congress to reauthorize its funding to ensure continued support to the pipeline of primary care physicians.

In a letter sent to House and Senate leaders earlier this month, the AAFP highlighted the importance of the THCGME program, which provides funding to community health centers that expand or establish new primary care residency programs. By doing so, the program aims to address primary care physician shortages, including their maldistribution, by attracting them to practice in underserved areas.

According to the AAFP, the THCGME program has produced more than 900 primary care physicians, nearly two-thirds of which are family physicians. Also, 58% of the graduates produced by the THCGME report that they practice in a medically underserved or rural community.

Source: AAFP 
 



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