Graduate Medical Education (GME) Financing Resource Page
GME refers to the post-medical school, hands-on training a physician must complete in order to become a board-certified physician. This training is generally completed in a residency or fellowship program and is funded mostly by government health programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA. This funding comes with specific rules and requirements you should learn before beginning your post-medical school training. Decisions you make today can affect your training (and available funding) for years to come. Below you will find resources to help you navigate GME training.
GME Funding in the News:
- July 19, 2013: "HHS awards $12 million to help Teaching Health Centers train primary care providers." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- July 19, 2013: "GME Investments Affect Scope of Physician Training, Say Forum Speakers." AAFP News
- July 11, 2013: "Aspiring Med Students Face Growing Residency Competition." U.S. News & World Report
- June 19, 2013: "The Residency Mismatch" The New England Journal of Medicine
- June 16, 2013: "Should Hospital Residency Programs Be Expanded to Increase the Number of Doctors?" The Wall Street Journal
- May 1, 2013: "GME Funding Remains in Critical Condition." SaveGME.org
- April 10, 2013: Statement from AMA on President's budget expresses concern over cuts to GME
- AAMC Medicare Payments for Graduate Medical Education: What Every Medical Student, Resident and Advisor Needs to Know. Learn how your Initial Residency Period (IRP) is calculated and how it affects your institution’s funding.
- The Future of GME Accreditation. By Nili S. Yolin. Published by the American Health Lawyers Association.
- Report on Student Loan Repayment Options. The AMA Resident and Fellow Section Legislative Advocacy Committee.
- Income-Based Repayment (IBR) Issue Brief. AMA Resident and Fellow Section.
- Loan Forgiveness/Repayment Programs
- AAMC State and Federal Repayment, Loan and Scholarship Database
- Public Service Loan Repayment Programs
- Why a healthy America needs resident physicians
- Critical condition: The call to increase graduate medical education funding. AMA Center for Transforming Medical Education and AMA Advocacy Resource Center.
- Government funding for GME is often in jeopardy of being cut or eliminated entirely. Medical students, patients and physicians who are concerned about protecting GME slots to reduce the physician shortage can contact their elected officials through a new website, www.SaveGME.org. The website also contains resources and fact sheets on GME funding and why it is important.
- Letter to Rep. Joseph Pitts supporting H.R. 297, the "Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2013" Jan. 29, 2013
- AMA Testimony to the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education, December 19, 2012
- Letter to Rep. Crowley in support of HR 1180, the "Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2013," sent March 19, 2013
- Letter to Senator Nelson in support of S. 577, the "Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2013," sent March 19, 2013
- Alternative Methods of GME Financing. Report of the AMA Resident and Fellow Section Committee on Medical Education.
- Institute of Medicine Committee on the Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education. Includes testimony from experts around the nation.
- Health Affairs Graduate Medical Education Health Policy Brief