Macy Foundation helps fund examination of GME

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted May 21, 2012

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The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation gave the Institute of Medicine $750,000 to help launch a study of the regulation, financing, governance and organization of graduate medical education.

The foundation has hosted meetings with medical education, academic medicine and health policy leaders for two years. Those meetings resulted in two 2011 reports recommending GME reforms. Now the Macy Foundation is asking the IOM to conduct its own review. “We hope the IOM study will provide a road map that helps move us closer toward a graduate medical education system that ensures an effective physician work force for the future,” Macy Foundation President George Thibault, MD, said in a statement.

Medicare contributes about $9.5 billion to GME annually and Medicaid about $3 billion. But the number of residency positions hasn’t kept pace with growing demand for physicians. An 18-member committee appointed by the IOM will develop recommendations on how to increase the physician work force to meet current and future needs. The study is scheduled to begin June 1 and end in spring 2014, the Macy Foundation said. The organization backs projects that it believes will foster innovations in health education.

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