Funding Instability Reduces the Impact of the Federal Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program

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Abstract

The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program is a decentralized residency training component of the Affordable Care Act, created to combat critical shortages and maldistribution of primary care physicians. The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education and federal data reveal that the THCGME program accounted for 33% of the net increase in family medicine residency positions between 2011 and 2015. However, amid concerns about the program's stability, the contribution of the THCGME program to the net increase fell to 7% after 2015.

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