32 Teaching Health Centers Awarded Funding to Train Primary Care Residents for 2013-2014 Academic Year

HHS announced that $12 million in funding would be awarded to support primary care residency programs in 32 teaching health centers across the U.S. for the 2013-2014 academic year. The agency stated in its announcement that the funding will help train more than 300 residents, doubling the number of residents trained in the previous academic year.

The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Payment Program, created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (P.L. 111-148) and administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), expands residency training via community-based settings. Residents in the program will be trained in family and internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, and general and pediatric dentistry. The health centers are located in a variety of settings, including urban, rural, and tribal communities, while serving populations such as veterans and their families, minority communities, older adults, children and adolescents.

Three individual centers, located in New York, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, will each receive over $1 million in support. The $12 million award will affect 21 states, up from 14 in 2012.