Affordable Care Act provides $12 million to help train new doctors
Today, in a press release sent out by the department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sebelius announced $12 million in funding through the Affordable Care Act to be made available to support primary care residency programs in 32 Teaching Health Centers across the nation. According to the press release the 12 Million dollars will help train more than 300 residents during the 2013-2014 academic year. This funds hopes to double the number of residents trained compared to the 2011-2012 year.
The funding being provided through the Affordable Care Act will increase the number of Teaching Health Centers to 21, from 14 in 2012. Teaching Health Centers are located in a variety of settings, including urban, rural, and Tribal communities, and serve populations such as veterans and their families, minority communities, older adults, children and adolescents.
The $ 12 Million dollar fund that is being made available will be administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Payment Program. The program plans on expanding the residency training program in a community-based setting. Each Resident will be trained in family and internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, and general and pediatric dentistry.
“Teaching Health Centers help attract students who are committed to serving communities of need and prepare them to practice in these communities,” Secretary Sebelius said. “Students exposed to training opportunities in health center settings are more likely to stay in these communities and continue to contribute to the care of their residents.”
“This program not only provides training to primary care medical and dental residents, but also galvanizes communities,” said HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N. “It brings hospitals, academic centers, health centers, and community organizations together to provide top-notch medical education and services in areas of the country that need them most.”
Award List by City and State
Please click here to download the full list Affordable Care Act Residency Grant
Additional Information: The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Division of Medicine and Dentistry hosted a Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program technical assistance webinar on July 18, 2011 please find some supporting documents below.