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J Am Board Fam Med. 2017 May-Jun;30(3):279-280. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2017.03.160341.

Funding Instability Reduces the Impact of the Federal Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program.

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1
From the Creighton School of Medicine, Omaha, NE (TK); Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, the Robert Graham Center, Washington, DC (WL, PW, SP, AB). troylkurz@gmail.com.
2
From the Creighton School of Medicine, Omaha, NE (TK); Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, the Robert Graham Center, Washington, DC (WL, PW, SP, AB).

Abstract

The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program is a decentralized residency training component of the Affordable Care Act, created to combat critical shortages and maldistribution of primary care physicians. The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education and federal data reveal that the THCGME program accounted for 33% of the net increase in family medicine residency positions between 2011 and 2015. However, amid concerns about the program's stability, the contribution of the THCGME program to the net increase fell to 7% after 2015.

KEYWORDS:

Accreditation; Graduate Medical Education; Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Primary Care Physicians

PMID:
28484059
DOI:
10.3122/jabfm.2017.03.160341
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Conflict of interest: none declared.

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