Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
For Medical Students
States must help improve GME financing: Study
While most proposals to change the financing and management of graduate medical education (GME) offer national solutions, a recent study from the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research looked at the abilities of state governments to offer meaningful reform to the GME system.
According to the report, individual states should implement methods and organizational structures to target GME positions toward state health work force needs. Through extensive research and interviews with governmental and health care leaders, the report develops the following recommendations for states to help enable more effective method of residency training:
- States should develop ongoing physician workforce data collection systems that allow policymakers to continuously identify the changing workforce needs of the state.
- States should create a GME advisory entity that promotes discussion, coordination and education about graduate medical education.
- All payer, third-party payer, Medicaid and state appropriations for GME need to be carefully considered and designed to be responsive to the state's population health needs.
- New GME funding should be tied to performance metrics and require monitoring about how funds are spent.
- State policymakers should coordinate efforts that touch on the physician's entire career from medical school admissions through graduate medical education and into practice.
The AMA supports expanded and broad-based funding for GME from federal, state, and commercial entities that is reflective of the physician workforce needs of the nation. For additional information on the AMA's ongoing efforts in GME reform, download the AMA Council on Medical Education's recent report.
The AMA's Save GME campaign also is aimed a protecting federal funding for graduate medical education.
21 med students win $10,000 foundation scholarships
The AMA Foundation has granted Physicians of Tomorrow Awards to 21 rising fourth-year medical students across the nation.
Each student will receive a $10,000 tuition-assistance scholarship. Recipients were nominated by their medical schools and chosen based on academic achievement and financial need. The AMA Foundation has awarded over $61 million in scholarships to deserving medical students since 1950.
This year's Physicians of Tomorrow Award recipients are:
- Whitney Burns, University of Virginia School of Medicine
- Thomas Chen, University of Illinois Chicago School of Medicine
- Kyle Davis, Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University
- Jody Epstein, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth University
- Francheska Gurule, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
- Esther Han, Boston University School of Medicine
- Kevin Hummel, University of Arizona College of Medicine –Tucson
- Alisha Joyner, Medical University of South Carolina
- Michele Luhm Vigor, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
- Margaret McGlynn, Weill Cornell Medical College
- Chelsea McGuire, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
- Priscilla Mpasi, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
- Michael Osborn, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
- Moneika Owens, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
- Jessica Portillo, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
- Matthew Siljander, Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University
- Kumi Sobowale, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
- Sarah Wallace, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
- Amy Yu, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
This year's recipients of the Johnson F. Hammond, MD, Physicians of Tomorrow Award supporting medical journalism are:
- John Corker, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
- Andrew Dworkin, Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
The AMA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, is dedicated to advancing public health and medical scholarship through philanthropic support of physician-directed initiatives.