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Interim Meeting forum to review creative solutions to the GME crisis
Through its Save GME website and ongoing advocacy to Congress, the AMA continues to push for expanded federal funding for graduate medical education (GME) slots to ensure access to health care services for the nation. Without such funding, recent expansions in medical school enrollments (and development of new schools) will do little to increase the supply of physicians.
Realizing that no one source of funding is sufficient, however, the AMA has long-standing policy calling for all payers in the health care arena to support GME. Further, with traditional sources of funding increasingly endangered, creative, "out-of-the-box" ideas are needed to ensure additional funding.
Finding creative solutions to this growing crisis is the goal of a networking forum prior to the upcoming AMA House of Delegates meeting in National Harbor, Md. Hosted by the AMA Council on Medical Education, this event—"The GME crisis impact on physician workforce: Are there any creative solutions?"—will bring together key stakeholders and leaders from national medical organizations to discuss successful initiatives and collaborative efforts.
Featured presenters include:
- Cynthia Brown, AMA Government Affairs
- David Goodman, MD, The Dartmouth Institute for Health *Policy and Clinical Practice
- Gene Ransom, III, Maryland State Medical Society
- Alice Coombs, MD, Massachusetts Medical Society
- Christopher Wee, Michigan State Medical Society
- Jeffrey Gold, MD, Ohio Council of Medical Deans
- John Armstrong, MD, Florida State Department of Public Health
During the session, ongoing work in states such as Florida, Maryland, Michigan and Ohio will be highlighted. In Florida, for instance, the state has developed $80 million in supplemental GME funding, as reported in HealthLeaders Media.
A recent study of state-level GME initiatives examines the extent to which states are using health workforce data, implementing novel GME financing initiatives and ensuring accountability of public funds invested in GME. The study reflects 39 interviews conducted with 45 participants in California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Vermont, and other states by the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Service Research at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Finally, a new video from the Association of American Medical Colleges describes the current crisis in GME funding and calls for Congress to increase federal support for residency training before it's too late to fix projected doctor shortages of more than 90,000 by 2020.