At an event held today, entitled GME – Where Do We Go From Here?, health workforce thought leaders discussed possible policy developments for graduate medical education (GME) in the new political environment in addition to other challenges facing residents in training and those who administer residency programs. The event was co-sponsored by the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) and George Washington University’s Health Workforce Institute and held on the George Washington University campus.
The event is a capstone of nationwide discussions led by AAHC. Throughout 2015-16, the association, whose members educate the next generation of health professionals, served as a neutral convener hosting roundtable sessions in response to the release of the 2014 IOM report, Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation's Health Needs.
“Through a series of seven round table sessions held across the US, we learned about improving the alignment between teaching hospitals who receive GME Medicare funding and medical schools who are responsible for teaching and program accreditation; issues surrounding the mental health and well-being of the residents; and the needs of rural and underserved communities, among other issues,” noted Dr. Steven Wartman, AAHC president and CEO.
Today’s meeting underscored the importance of reviewing GME’s future with a panel that included Donald Berwick, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services CMS, past president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and co-chair of the IOM report; Victor Dzau, president, National Academy of Medicine; Karen Fisher, chief public policy officer, Association of American Medical Colleges; Steven Wartman, president and CEO of the Association of Academic Health Centers; Gail Wilensky, senior fellow at project hope, and co-chair of the IOM report, and the panel moderator: Fitzhugh Mullan, co-director of the GW University Health Workforce Institute.
AAHC believes that any reforms to the GME system must be considered as part of a larger national health workforce strategy. Wartman adds, “As a nation, we need to be thinking strategically about how to improve health workforce market efficiency by ensuring that major stakeholders are working together. We must transform how we educate medical students—as well as other health professionals—and what we train them to do.”
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