The first residents of the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) programs graduated last year and are practicing in communities where they are most needed. The below chart shows that THCGME graduates are practicing medicine in underserved areas at a higher rate than their traditional Graduate Medical Education (GME) counterparts. This demonstrates the need to continue funding Teaching Health Center programs. By funding these programs, we are investing in areas that traditionally face obstacles to accessing quality health care while also tackling the looming primary care doctor shortage that will soon pose a serious threat to our nation’s health care system.
Graduating Residents Practicing In: THCGME Traditional GME
Primary Care 82% 23%
Underserved Areas 55% 26%
Rural Settings 20% 5%
Community Health Centers 36% 2%
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