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MEFS Newsletter - August 27, 2013

Dear Colleague,

In this issue of the Medical Education Futures Newsletter, we bring your attention to the following items:
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently published a list of the 45 Teaching Health Centers (THCs). The THC program provides funding directly to community based clinical organizations to train primary care physicians and dentists. The goals of the THC program are to increase the number of primary care residents and dentists trained in community-based settings, addressing the primary care shortage, particularly in medically underserved and rural areas, while also providing essential health care services. In addition, HRSA released the below map that identifies the location of each THCs across the country. Twenty states have at least one THC. 

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is now accepting applications to its The Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate program. This intensive academic program of diversity education is specifically designed to develop the competencies leaders need to drive diversity as a core component of excellence in health care. The program combines distance and in-person learning through a series of six modules. Applications are due November 15, 2013

On August 20th, the Health Workforce Information Center (HWIC) announced it will reduce its service capacity due to a discontinuation of funding. We would like to thank the leadership and staff at HWIC for their valuable services and commitment to addressing workforce issues across the nation.
The Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) recently released the report Improving Value in Graduate Medical Education. In this report COGME provides recommendations to change GME through aligning physician training with public needs. In its recommendations, COGME calls for increases in GME funding. In addition, it recommends prioritizing GME funding so that increases in GME funding should be directed toward family medicine, geriatrics, general internal medicine, general surgery, high priority pediatric subspecialties and psychiatry, as well as toward training programs that are located in areas with lower per capita physician supply. An additional recommendation calls for revising the criteria for recruiting medical students so that it aligns with development of a physician workforce that meets the health care needs of the populations served.
In July, the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD) released the report Interprofessional Education: Tenth Annual Report to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and to Congress. In this report, ACTPCMD recommends the promotion of interprofessional team-based training, the use formal evaluation methods to measure relevant educational outcomes and clinical performance domains, provide leadership development initiatives to advance interprofessional education among all health professions, encourage HRSA to fund initiatives that bridge interprofessional communication between dentistry and other health professions, and to foster policy development on issues central to interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

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Fitzhugh Mullan, MD


New and Developing Medical Schools Motivating Factors, Major Challenges, Planning Strategies Part 2
The Macy Foundation
July, 2013
Results of the 2013 NRMP Applicant Survey by Preferred Specialty and Applicant Type
National Resident Matching Program
September, 2013
Medical School Graduation Questionnaire 2013 All Schools Summary Report
Association of American Medical Colleges
July, 2013


Relying on NPs and PAs Does Not Avoid the Need for Policy Solutions for Primary Care
American Academy of Family Physicians
August 15, 2013
Teaching Hospital Five-Year Mortality Trends in the Wake of Duty Hour Reforms
Journal of General Internal Medicine
August, 2013


Legislation/On the Hill
Governor Corbett Signs Senate Bill 5, Increasing Access to Health Care in Rural and Underserved Areas
August 13, 2013


Path to United States Practice Is Long Slog to Foreign Doctors
New York Times
August 11, 2013
ODU and OU Announce Med School Early Acceptance Program
City News USA
August 20, 2013
Incoming Med School Students to be Well-Versed in Affordable Care Act
NBC Connecticut
August 20, 2013
3 ways primary care education is broken – and how to fix them
Medical Economics
August 14, 2013
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, American Osteopathic Association and American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Issue Joint Statement
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
August 8, 2013
Recruitment and Retention: A Single Process Built on Trust
Health Workforce News
August, 2013
Feeling the RUSCH: Program provides undergraduate students with experiences in hopes they’ll become doctors in medically underserved rural, urban areas
The Journal Times
August 13, 2013
Morton named teaching hospital, attracts primary-care physicians
Tulsa World
August 12, 2013
Health Care: Training immigrant doctors
The Press Enterprise
August 13, 2013
White Coats For First Class Of Medical Students At Quinnipiac
The Courant
August 16, 2013
Column: A Primary Role for Primary Care
Valley News
August 11, 2013
Archived Webinar: Promoting Equity in Healthcare: Evaluating the Impact of the Disparities Leadership Program
Leadership Learning Community
July 23, 2013
Potential Doctor Shortage Could Impact Medicaid Expansion Decision
New Hampshire Public Radio
August 12, 2013
New med school focuses on primary care
Connecticut Post
August 11, 2013
Valley providers expanding options for primary care
Yakima Herald
August 12, 2013
Foreign Docs Face Challenging Transition To U.S. System
Kaiser Health News
August 12, 2013
Riverside's education program providing pipeline of incoming doctors
The Daily Journal
August 9, 2013
Cincinnati area doesn't have enough primary-care physicians, study says
August 8, 2013
Got health insurance? Good luck finding a doctor
August 8, 2013
Health Education, Prescription Help for Arkansans in the Delta
August 9, 2013

Campbell medical school will help fill need for primary-care providers
Star News Online
August 9, 2013
SMC welcomes new internal medicine, family practice residents
Watertown Daily News
August 11, 2013

Public Opinion

Bracing for Obamacare: Nurse practitioners fill doc shortage gap
NBC News
August 9, 2013
The doctor will see you – briefly
Benefits Pro
August 8, 2013
When Nurse Practitioners Step in for Doctors
August 9, 2013

Upcoming Events
2013 Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry
Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry
Health Resources and Services Administration
August 29, 2013
38th NAMME Annual Conference
National Association of Medical Minority Educators
September 3 - 7, 2013
Pittsburgh, PA
2013 Health Professions Network Fall Meeting
Health Professions Network
September 18 - 20, 2013
Tucson, AZ
2013 Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar
Association of American Medical Colleges
September 20-23, 2013
New Orleans, Louisiana
A Tour for Diversity in Medicine
September 23-28, 2013

PCDC's 20th Anniversary Reception
Primary Care Development Corporation
October 6-9, 2013
New York, NY
 PCPCC 2013 Annual Fall Conference
Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative
October 13-15, 2013
Bethesda, Maryland
National Physician Alliance - 2013 Conference
October 19-21, 2013
Washington, DC

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