Big Changes to Residency Training?

Yesterday, the Institute of Medicine released a report recommending the way physicians are trained in the United States needs to be overhauled. The panel of experts report the current training system is failing to meet the nation’s needs and warrants a serious evaluation of how money is distributed from Medicare towards training programs. Key points below:

– Medicare contributes more than $11 billion dollars per year to graduate medical education.

– There is little data that shows how these funds are spent and if it makes a positive impact on physician training.

– Recommend redistributing funds to particular specialties and geographic regions that are in greatest need.

Check out the article from NPR below.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/29/336303234/report-says-big-changes-are-needed-in-how-doctors-are-trained

Or take a look at the source from the Institute of Medicine:

http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2014/Graduate-Medical-Education-That-Meets-the-Nations-Health-Needs.aspx