On July 29, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on the Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education released a report entitled, “Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation's Health Needs.” In its report, the Committee assesses and recommends significant changes to current graduate medical education (GME) financing and governance in order to better shape the physician workforce to better meet the needs of our nation’s patients and physicians—now and into the future. The report provides a suggested preliminary roadmap for Medicare GME payment system reform and building a framework to help generate more strategic investment in the nation’s physician workforce and GME system. Read AACOM’s press statement on the release of the report.
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The Committee on Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education is an ad hoc committee established by the IOM as a result of multiple calls from stakeholders across the country, including a request from a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators to find solutions to achieve a greater alignment of financing with the public’s health care workforce needs. Its purpose is to develop a report with recommendations for policies to improve GME, with an emphasis on the training of physicians. The committee was charged with giving specific attention to increasing the capacity of the nation’s clinical workforce, so that it can deliver efficient and high-quality health care to meet the needs of our country’s diverse population. For more information, visit http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Workforce/GMEGovFinance.aspx.