Division chiefs in General Internal Medicine are responsible for clinical care and teaching in high overhead settings with relatively underserved and poorly reimbursed populations. Such clinical operations usually operate at substantial deficit. This situation is chronic, even though maintaining such training sites constitutes integral parts of the institutions' mission, the American Board of Internal Medicine's requirements, an essential medical care option for underserved populations, and frequently the only site option for training medical students, interns, and residents. Division chiefs in General Internal Medicine are held accountable for: (1) fulfilling the growing service and documentation requirements; (2) resolving the existing and projected financial deficits; and (3) providing the care and nurturing of their diverse faculty. Without additional instruction and mentoring, they risk jeopardizing the overall training mandate and mission of their divisions, departments, and institutions. This grant supports the initiation and early development of an organization titled, Chiefs of General Internal Medicine, to: (1) establish a stable mechanism for training members in a core of critical knowledge and skills for programmatic leadership; (2) implement training and professional development programs; and (3) provide a robust transition to stable, self-funding for the new organization. This grant will be considered successful if it helps to establish an organization that will help division chiefs to be more effective in their jobs and more effective spokespersons for the professional and patient constituencies.
Amount Awarded $50,000.00
Awarded on: 12/1/2000
Time frame: 1/1/2001 - 12/31/2002
Grant Number: 40326