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Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013

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Protect medical residency training: Save GME Action Week Aug. 26–30

Protect medical residency training: Save GME Action Week Aug. 26–30

Members of Congress will be urged next week to protect funding for graduate medical education (GME) as students from more than 40 medical schools across the nation meet with lawmakers in their home states during the AMA's Save GME Action Week, Aug. 26–30.

Part of the AMA's Save GME grassroots campaign, the action week will intensify the concerted efforts of medical students, residents and others in the medical profession to dissuade lawmakers from targeting funding for residency programs as a means to help reduce the federal deficit.

Federal caps on residency slots already have exacerbated the looming physician shortage—expected to reach 130,000 by 2025—and have kept hundreds of U.S. medical school graduates from completing their training and international medical graduates from entering the nation's physician workforce. Last year more than 500 U.S. medical school graduates were not matched to a residency program, a number that is expected to grow each year.

Now is an ideal time for medical students and residents to reach out to their lawmakers while they are in their home states listening to constituents during the congressional recess. Even if you can't meet with your representative and senators in person, you can send them an email or call them via the AMA's grassroots hotline at (800) 833-6354.

Talking points are available at SaveGME.org. Plan to tell your members of Congress next week that the future of American health care depends upon adequate GME funding.