Senators ask IOM to review graduate medical education

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Jan. 30, 2012

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Seven U.S. senators are urging the Institute of Medicine to conduct an independent review of the nation's graduate medical education system.

"We believe our GME system is under increasing stress, and the projections for our health care work force are of significant concern," the senators wrote in a letter to IOM President Harvey Fineberg, MD, PhD.

The review should evaluate the governance and financing of GME and potential GME reforms, said the letter from Dec. 21, 2011. It should address a range of GME issues, including accreditation, physician distribution and the role of GME in easing health disparities and work force shortages. "We are particularly interested in IOM's observations about the uneven distribution of GME funding across states based on need and capacity and how to address this inequity," the letter said.

The letter was signed by U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall of New Mexico, Mark Udall and Michael Bennet of Colorado, all Democrats; and Jon Kyl of Arizona, Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Mike Crapo of Idaho, all Republicans.

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