Federal COGME Continues Rural Health Discussions

July 27, 2020

The Federal Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME), which comprises graduate medical education (GME) leadership from hospitals across the country, recently met to continue previous discussions on how physician workforce training in rural areas can support response efforts to public health emergencies like COVID-19. COGME is exploring potential funding options to expand and enhance rural GME, including GME funding’s role in creating opportunities for physicians to provide care to the nation’s most vulnerable populations. The Accreditation Council for GME and other national stakeholders also discussed their plans to support GME expansion in rural areas and other areas of need. Discussions at COGME meetings ultimately inform recommendations to the US Department of Health and Human Services, which is charged with developing a comprehensive plan that includes education and training for its health care workforce development programs. GNYHA will keep members informed on the national conversation around workforce training investments. Meeting materials will be available on the COGME website in the coming weeks.