U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced the designation of 11 Teaching Health Centers (THCs) as part of the new THC Graduate Medical Education (GME) Program. Among the funding recipients are: Community Health Systems in Beckley, WV, a participant in the Mountain State Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution (OPTI) andpartner of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine; Institute for Family Health in Upstate New York, which is part of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium (NYCOMEC); and Lone Star Community Health Center in Conroe, TX, which participates in the Texas OPTI.
The grant program will support an increased number of primary care medical and dental residents trained in community-based settings across the country. The THCs will receive up to five years of annual financial support from funding authorized in the Affordable Care Act, and will help address the need to train primary care physicians and dentists in our nation’s communities. “Participating in this program not only provides top-notch training to primary care medical and dental residents, but also motivates them to practice in underserved areas after graduation,” said Health Resources and Services Administration Administrator Mary Wakefield, Phd, RN. For a full list of recipients, visit here.