Background Paper

No. 82

Aligning Graduate Medical Education with Public Policy
September 14, 2011


Rob Cunningham, Consultant


As a precondition to board certification and independent practice, about 111,000 medical school graduates are currently enrolled in post-doctoral training programs requiring three or more years of additional study. Accreditation and oversight of these graduate medical education (GME) programs rest largely with professional organizations, while financial management and decision-making about program size and specialties are the responsibility of hospitals and other program sponsors. Medicare and other government programs pay substantial subsidies for GME but exercise little control over professional standards or sponsors’ decisions. Questions about future health care workforce needs have prompted calls for a reexamination of GME policies

Related Materials

See also the related Forum session entry, including speakers' slides, for "Graduate Medical Education: Producing the Right Workforce for Tomorrow?" (October 7, 2011).

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