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AAMC Applauds Introduction of Bill to Alleviate Barriers to Creating Physician Training Programs

Washington, D.C., March 15, 2016AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement in support of the Advancing Medical Resident Training in Community Hospitals Act of 2016 (H.R. 4732 and S.2671):

“The AAMC applauds Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Reps. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) for introducing the Advancing Medical Resident Training in Community Hospitals Act of 2016.

The nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals have long championed the principles included in this legislation that would alleviate barriers to establishing physician training programs in community hospitals. This legislation would modify a provision in the Medicare graduate medical education regulations, raising caps for hospitals that have inadvertently, and often unknowingly, established medical resident training programs with artificially low caps or funding levels. In correcting these technical errors, the legislation would make it possible for non-teaching hospitals to establish their own full-time residency programs with federal support, thus making it easier for community hospitals to train physicians for their communities.

While not a long-term solution to address the shortage of up to 90,000 physicians that the country will face by 2025, this legislation is an important step forward. To ensure that we have enough physicians to care for our growing, aging population, Congress also must increase federal support for residency training at existing teaching hospitals. Unless lawmakers act without delay, patients may not have access to the care they need in the future.”

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The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members comprise all 147 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their nearly 160,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and its member medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at www.aamc.org.

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