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Congressional Action Threatens Graduate Medical Education

Monday, October 31, 2011

As Congress deliberates on just how to cut the nation’s deficit, everything is a prime target, including Graduate Medical Education. ASCP is collaborating with the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) to urge Congress to reconsider a deficit reduction proposal (being considered by the Congressional Super Committee) that would cut GME funding as much as 60 percent, a cut in funding of approximately $60 billion.

This would jeopardize residency training programs nationwide. Given the current and growing shortage of physicians, are such cuts prudent? The inability to train new crops of physicians threatens the well-being of all Americans by reducing access to care. It eliminates jobs and cripples the economy even more, placing the local, state and national economy at risk. Agreed, the deficit must be cut but must it be at the expense of our nation’s health? Please let Congress know that slashing funding for graduate medical education is not a deficit reducer so much as a long-term crippling dilemma that has far reaching impact!

On behalf of ASCP President, C. Bruce Alexander, MD, FASCP and Chris Cogbill, MD, Chair of the ASCP Resident Council, thank you in advance for taking action on this important issue.


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