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Study: GME funding linked to better patient outcomes

Residency Program Insider, February 10, 2021

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Academic hospitals that received GME funds were associated with lower patient mortality for a handful of conditions, according to a study published in JAMA Open Network.

Researchers analyzed nearly 1,300 academic hospitals that received a median of $2.64 million in GME funds in 2017. The facilities had a median of 265 beds and 32 residents per training site. The analysis found that each additional $1 million in GME funding was associated with lower 30-day mortality from myocardial infarction, heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and stroke. However, researchers found no significant association between GME funding and readmission rates.

To examine GME funding's effect on residents' academic performance, researcher also evaluated internal medicine resident board certification examination pass rates over the prior five years. They found a significant association with GME funding and resident success.

Source: JAMA Open Network



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