Physician Residents Visit Lansing for Graduate Medical Education Day
Posted on April 26, 2018
On April 25, nearly 50 physician residents and hospital representatives met with more than 65 lawmakers to educate them about graduate medical education (GME) funding and the role physician residents play in delivering patient care. Like Gov. Rick Snyder's executive recommendation, both the House and Senate fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget proposals maintain funding for graduate medical education at $57 million general fund ($163 million total). This funding is crucial to 90 teaching hospitals in Michigan.
Throughout the day, physician residents delivered the message that the state’s investment in GME is critical to providing primary and specialty care to patients across the state, including Medicaid patients who often have limited access to private practice physician offices. Almost half of the physicians who complete their GME residency and/or fellowship in Michigan stay to reside and practice medicine in the state. Michigan retains 67 percent of those physicians who complete both undergraduate medical education and GME in Michigan.
Advocates emphasized the economic impact of GME funding, pointing out that states that fail to deliver access to affordable, high-quality healthcare are at a disadvantage for attracting new businesses. Investment in GME is a critical part of delivering that high-quality healthcare. The MHA is grateful for the physician residents and directors of graduate medical education who spent time away from patient care to be in Lansing. Advocates left an infographic with lawmakers, and members are welcome to use it for local or social media purposes.
In addition to protecting funding for GME, the House and Senate proposed budgets continue the small and rural hospital and obstetrics stabilization funding for FY 2019. For more information, contact Paige Fults at the MHA.
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