On July 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program, now in its fourth year, will receive $83.4 million in funding to aid primary care residency training programs in 60 teaching health centers (THCs) across the United States. This funding will support the training of more than 550 primary care residents during the 2014-2015 academic year—over than 200 more than last year—and increase the number of states with THCs from 21 to 24.
Administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), under the HHS, the THCGME Program is an innovative approach to addressing physician workforce needs and access to patient care by expanding residency training through community-based THCs in a variety of settings, including medically underserved urban, rural and tribal communities. Residents participating in these programs will be trained in family and internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, and general and pediatric dentistry.
Because of its strong emphasis on meeting current physician workforce needs and providing access to primary care in medically underserved areas, this program is of particular importance to the osteopathic medical education community. Of the 60 THCs receiving funding through this program, more than half are American Osteopathic Association (AOA)-accredited or dually-accredited (DO/MD) programs.
While the THCGME Program has not been reauthorized or funded beyond FY 2015 and its future remains unclear, AACOM will continue its strong legislative efforts to advocate for the continuation of this program.
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For more information please visit AACOM’s Advocacy webpage.
For more information on the THCGME Program, visit the HRSA THCGME webpage.