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Key Program Supporting Family Medicine Education Under Attack
AAFP President Asks for Members' Help in Maintaining Title VII Funding
By News Staff
Thus far, more than 1,000 AAFP members have sent more than 1,900 communications to Capitol Hill. "This is a great response in a fairly short period of time," said Stream. "The campaign has only been going for three weeks."
In the latest video in the campaign, Stream describes the Title VII grant program as "essential to maintaining our profession and creating well-trained family physicians." However, he notes, the program "is in critical condition."
- As part of its Family Medicine Matters campaign, the AAFP is rallying member and congressional support for a key provision in the Title VII health professions grant program.
- The health professions grants in Title VII support family medicine residency programs, faculty development and medical school education.
- The program is "essential to maintaining our profession and creating well-trained family physicians," says AAFP President Glen Stream, M.D., M.B.I., in the latest video in the campaign.
Funding for medical education programs is under scrutiny as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction -- the "supercommittee" -- continues to look for ways to reduce the federal deficit by Thanksgiving. According to the Speak Out alert that accompanies the video, the health professions grants in Title VII fund "all aspects of primary care training, including residency programs, faculty development and medical school education. These competitive grants have helped the family medicine workforce infrastructure to respond to the nation's growing need for family physicians."
Others have recognized the value of the program, too, and the Obama administration recently increased funding for the training program to $140 million for 2012. However, that allocation is being eyed as the supercommittee looks for ways to reduce the deficit.
"We need this (level of funding) to maintain a family medicine workforce that delivers high quality, cost-effective health care," contends Stream in the video. "Family physicians are a crucial investment, and we have to make sure Congress knows it. We must tell Washington to pass the administration's proposal. It's time to stand up and fight for our profession, our practices and our patients."
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