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Oregon Graduate Medical Education Consortium Offering Planning Grants to Assist With Creating Residency Programs

Dianne Halbert - Wednesday, November 02, 2016

The Oregon Graduate Medical Education Consortium (OGMEC) is a group of hospitals, physician groups, health systems and medical schools with the mission of creating primary care residency programs in Oregon hospitals and other institutions outside of the Portland Metro area. This mission is in response to the growing shortage of primary care physicians in rural and underserved parts of the state. For the purposes of this RFP, eligible primary care specialties include family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, OB-GYN and psychiatry.

Studies show that physicians who complete their medical school and residency program in one state are up to 60% more likely to stay in that state to build a practice. Furthermore, evidence is building, in Oregon and in other states, proving that physicians completing significant amounts of time during their residencies in rural locations are much more likely to practice in rural areas.

However, developing a residency program is expensive, and requires capacity and desire to become a teaching hospital or health center. OGMEC members have agreed to share the work of creating residency programs, guide funding distribution and provide technical assistance to help organizations overcome barriers to creating residency programs. To assist organizations with this development, OGMEC is offering planning grants of $250,000 and $100,000 to qualified hospitals and health centers intending to create primary care residency programs or family medicine Rural Training Tracks.

To learn more about these grants, please go to the OGMEC website.




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