ERIC Number: ED455732
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Graduate Medical Education and Public Policy: A Primer.
This booklet describes graduate medical education (GME) in the United States and outlines some options for future policy related to GME. GME is the process of providing academic and clinical education to physicians after they have graduated from an accredited medical school. GME typically occurs in teaching hospitals or other health care settings. GME may take 3 to 8 years, depending on the specialty selected. In the United States, the growth of GME can be attributed in large part to the increasing number of residency positions occupied by international medical graduates. Increased competition within local and regional health care markets and the continued growth of managed care systems are producing profound changes in health care. These trends and other changes anticipated for the health care professions have resulted in some suggestions for options for future GME public policy. Some of these options are: (1) strengthen efforts to forecast and distribute data on physician supply and demand; (2) institute mechanisms and incentives for holding recipients of public GME subsidies more accountable for producing needed goods; (3) develop a more stable and equitable means of financing GME through the creation of an all-payer GME fund; and (4) assure adequate funding to support innovative physician training in nonhospital and medically underserved settings. (Contains 7 tables and 15 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Bureau of Health Professions.
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Washington, DC.