CMS Accepting Applications for New Physician Residency Slots

Published February 05, 2024

By AACOM Government Relations

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  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is accepting applications from hospitals for its third round of 1,000 new graduate medical education (GME) slots.
  • As authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2021, CMS will award 200 new GME slots every year for five years. To be awarded, a hospital must qualify in at least one of four categories.
  • The law also mandates that at least 10 percent of the cap slots go to hospitals in each category including those in rural areas (or treated as being located in a rural area under the law); training a number of residents in excess of their GME cap; in states with new medical schools or branch campuses or serving areas designated as health professional shortage areas.
  • Learn more about distribution criteria and instructions on how to apply. Qualifying hospitals are encouraged to view application information and apply by March 31, 2024.
  • The residency slots awarded under this round will be announced by January 31, 2025, and are effective July 1, 2025.