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Overview

The AMA’s Council on Legislation and Council on Medical Education continue to focus on viable ways to improve graduate medical education (GME), ensuring medical students have the opportunity to fulfill training requirements and become practicing doctors.

Workforce experts continue to predict that the U.S. will face a significant physician shortage for both primary care and specialty physicians over the next 10+ years if training positions are not expanded.

Challenges GME faces

GME faces an ever-growing list of persistent and deepening challenges, including the following:

—High levels of medical student debt that may influence future career choices away from family medicine and primary care and toward higher paying specialties.

—An inadequate supply of primary care physicians, general surgeons and psychiatrists compared to other medical specialists.

—Poor geographic distribution of physicians that limits access to health care for many individuals and communities in both rural and urban settings.

2020 Compendium of Graduate Medical Education Initiatives Report

Learn more about the AMA's efforts for improving GME.

AMA recommendations

Current GME initiatives from AMA and other stakeholders

Several stakeholders and the AMA’s Council on Medical Education have offered suggestions for potential GME reforms. While these proposals differ, the 2020 Compendium of Graduate Medical Education Initiatives report outlines key aspects from recent AMA proposals to address current funding and governance of GME.

For more details on the proposals from other stakeholders, such as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, please download the complete compendium.

The Council on Graduate Medical Education is the only federal advisory panel charged with overview of GME and supporting the existing physician workforce (including rural health, rural residencies and payment models).

2020 Compendium of Graduate Medical Education Initiatives Report

Learn more about the AMA's efforts for improving GME.

Current AMA initiatives

AMA Reimaging Residency initiative

The aim of this five-year, $15-million grant program is to significantly improve GME through bold, rigorously evaluated innovations that align residency training with the needs of patients, communities and the rapidly changing health care environment.


SaveGME.org

SaveGME.org is a grassroots advocacy platform with resources and messaging that medical students and residents can use to urge Congress not to make cuts to GME.


Medical Student Advocacy & Region Conference (MARC)

Medical students gather each year at MARC to advocate for increased GME funding and learn about relevant legislation and lobby their members of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

COVID-19 & GME

In response to COVID-19, the AMA released GME resource guides to address benefits currently available for residents and medical students, ranging from loan relief, to additional grants, to new policies that help make it easier to practice as a resident during this challenging time. Due to the uncertainty that international medical graduates (IMGs) are experiencing, the AMA also created an IMG resource guide.

Medical education guides for residents and medical students

Loan and grant info for residents & medical students during COVID-19

COVID-19 FAQs: Guidance for medical students

COVID-19 FAQs: Guidance for international medical graduates

2020 Compendium of Graduate Medical Education Initiatives Report

Learn more about the AMA's efforts for improving GME.

AMA policies