Graduate Medical Education

AAFP Members: Urge Congress to Fund Teaching Health Centers

The THCGME program is vital to addressing the shortage of primary care physicians. Speak Out and tell Congress to sign a 5-year funding extension.

Overview of GME

With the creation of the Medicare program in 1965, a funding stream was established to support the training of medical residents in support of Medicare beneficiary care. Today, Medicare remains the single largest payer of graduate medical education (GME), with expenditures totaling about $9.5 billion annually.

The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program, funded since 2011, is one type of GME program that is vital to family medicine. THCs increased the numbers of primary care physicians and dentists training to care for underserved populations nationwide. Without continued federal funding, most of these THCs report that they would be unlikely to continue current residency recruitment and enrollment, threatening the initial program investments and even the viability of the program itself. Please see the below video to learn more about the value of THCs.

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