Increase in Funds for Primary Care Residencies

Jul 26, 2013, 9:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HSS) last week announced that it will support twice as many primary care residencies during the 2013-2014 academic year as it supported last year, thanks to $12 million in funding from the Affordable Care Act. The new funds will support more than 300 residents at community-based Teaching Health Center programs across the country.

“Teaching Health Centers help attract students who are committed to serving communities of need and prepare them to practice in these communities,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a news release.  “Students exposed to training opportunities in health center settings are more likely to stay in these communities and continue to contribute to the care of their residents.”

Residents will be trained in family and internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, and general and pediatric dentistry.

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This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.