Graduate medical education
Residents are at the cutting edge of innovative health care delivery and play a crucial role in providing care for seniors, veterans and patients in underserved communities. Funding for graduate medical education (GME) helps ensure enough residents learn to provide the care our communities need, when they need it.
Despite the value of training physicians for our communities, Congress repeatedly considers cuts to GME. The current law put caps on the number of federally funded residency training positions, freezing the number available to that which existed in 1996. However, the Association of American Medical Colleges forecasts a physician shortage by 2030 unless we increase the number of physicians trained.
We are educating people across the country about how important GME is to communities, particularly those that are historically underserved. In fact, roughly 40% of all charity care in the United States is provided by teaching facilities where residents learn - that's $8.4 billion worth of care. To learn more about positive impact residents have on our health care system, please visit SaveGME.org.