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A bipartisan group of U.S. senators recently sent a letter to Institute of Medicine (IOM) President Harvey Fineberg, MD, PhD, urging the IOM to conduct an independent review of the governance and funding of graduate medical education (GME).

During the recent congressional deficit negotiations, AACOM strongly advocated to preserve Medicare-funded graduate medical education (GME), and has urged Congress to explore innovative ways to improve GME financing and availability for future generations of physicians. AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, participated in numerous meetings with congressional leadership to discuss AACOM’s position on GME and highlight the importance of sustaining GME for current and future osteopathic medical students.  

The senators wrote in their letter to the IOM that “our GME system is under increasing stress, and the projections for our health care workforce are of significant concern.” They requested that the IOM form a committee to develop recommendations to “meet the challenges facing GME,” and asked that recommendations for suggested statutory, regulatory and accreditation changes be brought forward by the third quarter of 2012.

Visit the AACOM advocacy website to view materials associated with the organization’s efforts to protect GME.

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