Legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate on January 31 that would reauthorize the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program for five years, authorize funding for existing residency programs, and provide for the expansion of new programs.
The THCGME model, which provides for quality primary care residency training in community-based settings, has proven successful in increasing the number of medical students choosing a primary care specialty, as well as improving access to care for rural and medically underserved populations.
"There are few public policies implemented in the past 10 years that have had a more positive impact on the future of our nation's healthcare system. There also are few policies that stand to significantly and immediately impact the Family Medicine workforce as much as the THCGME program during the next decade," wrote AAFP's Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy, Shawn Martin, in a recent In the Trenches blog post.
There are five Teaching Health Center programs in Michigan.