Family Physicians Applaud Introduction of Bill Reauthorizing Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Statement attributable to:
John Meigs, Jr., MD
President
American Academy of Family Physicians


“The American Academy of Family Physicians welcomes the introduction of the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2017. We applaud Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Niki Tsongas (D-MA) for crafting this bipartisan bill.

“The bill reauthorizes the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program that will expire on September 30, 2017, unless Congress takes action.

“The AAFP supports the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2017 because it will reauthorize a successful, innovative model for training physicians and provide sustainable funding. The bill will also allow qualifying programs to expand into new medically underserved and rural communities.

“The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program was established to address the overriding problem Americans face in finding health care: the shortage and maldistribution of primary care physicians, particularly in underserved rural and urban areas.

“Teaching health centers help resolve that. Research has demonstrated their overwhelming success. Physicians are more likely to practice within 100 miles from where they are trained. More than nine out of 10 teaching health center graduates intend to work in primary care, and more than three out of four in underserved communities.(publichealth.gwu.edu)

“Most patients need comprehensive, primary care and preventive health care from their community physician. Teaching health centers prepare tomorrow’s doctors to provide the care most needed by Americans in locations where they most need it. The Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2017 helps ensure the future of medical expertise in these settings.”
 

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Meigs, contact Megan Moriarty, (800) 274-2237, Ext. 5223, or mmoriarty@aafp.org.

 

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