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A new Graham Center study suggests that any approach to primary care residency training expansion that relies on time-limited grants is unlikely to produce sustainable growth of the primary care pipeline.
Based on a survey of directors of primary care residency programs that received five-year expansion grants from the US Health Resources and Services Administration, the study found that only slightly more than half of the respondents felt that the newly funded resident slots were likely or very likely to be continued when the grant funding expires after 2017. Just over a quarter of the respondents had already secured full funding for these new positions after 2017. The authors concluded that policy makers should implement systemic reform of primary care residency financing and designate stable and ongoing sources of funding for new primary care residency positions.
See the full article(journals.lww.com) in the journal Academic Medicine.