Graduate Medical Education

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Photo: Robert Mescavage, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y.

Latest Update

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal year 2018 spending bill that includes $305 million for Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME), a program that helps children's hospitals train 7,000 pediatricians annually. This is an increase of $5 million over current funding. Further steps are required in the appropriations process.

Learn how CHGME impacts pediatrician shortages



Fact Sheet
Pediatric Workforce Shortages Persist
January 19, 2018

2017 survey data show pediatric specialty shortages continue to affect children's ability to receive timely, appropriate care.

Letter or Testimony
CHGME Quality Bonus Program Comment Letter
December 15, 2017

Children's Hospital Association asks hospitals to adapt this response and send in comments to HRSA by COB Dec. 15, 2017.

Issue Brief
Support Funding for CHGME
October 27, 2017

Children's hospitals urge Congress to provide strong continued funding for the CHGME program in any final FY 2018 funding legislation.

Press Release
Statement by Children's Hospital Association on Senate FY 2018 Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill
September 7, 2017

CHA applauds the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education & Related Agencies Committee for funding CHGME at $305 million.

Letter or Testimony
Senators Show Support for FY' 18 CHGME Funding
May 25, 2017

Senators signed on to a bipartisan Dear Colleague letter urging the Senate Labor HHS Education Appropriations Subcommittee to provide strong, ...

Fewer Women Enter Neurosurgical Residency Than Other Surgical Specialities
May 2, 2017

The number of women entering into neurosurgical residencies is disproportionate to the overall number of women entering medicine.

Children's Hospital CEO Testifies to Congress on Importance of Training Future Pediatric Workforce
March 14, 2017

Jim Shmerling, president and CEO of Connecticut Children's Medical Center, spoke at a Capitol Hill hearing about the importance of fully funding ...

Letter or Testimony
CHGME FY 2018 Member Resources for Hill Programmatic Funding Requests
February 24, 2017

The Association urges member hospitals to ask their lawmakers to submit programmatic funding requests to the House and Senate Labor-HHS Subcommittees ...

Issue Brief
Advancing our Nation by Investing in Children’s Health Care: A Message to the New Administration
November 4, 2016

CHA recommended essential steps for the next administration to protect children's health and access to care.

Letter or Testimony
Association Shares Letter on GME Policy with HHS Advisory Group
September 23, 2016

The Association responds to the Council on Graduate Medical Education’s request for feedback on creating a national strategic plan.

4 Quality Improvement Successes from Award-winning Hospitals
July 28, 2016

These children’s hospital improvement teams led remarkable initiatives that are changing the way their hospitals work, from resident training to ...

Press Release
Statement by Children’s Hospital Association on House FY 2017 Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill
July 8, 2016

CHA thanks the House Labor-HHS, Education & Related Agencies Subcommittee for including $300 million for Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical ...

Letter or Testimony
Congressional Dear Colleague Letters on FY 2017 CHGME Appropriations
March 21, 2016

158 House members and 36 Senators signed onto letters to the Appropriations subcommittees in support of CHGME funding for FY 2017.

Letter or Testimony
Pediatric Groups FY 2017 CHGME Letter to Appropriators
March 18, 2016

CHA organized a letter from pediatric groups to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees urging them to protect the program and provide $300 ...

Letter or Testimony
AMSPDC FY 2017 CHGME Funding Request to Congress
March 18, 2016

CHA helped coordinate a letter with the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC) to the House and Senate Appropriations ...

Letter or Testimony
Tricare for Kids Coalition FY 2017 CHGME Letter to Appropriators
March 15, 2016

The Children’s Hospital Association organized a letter from military organization to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees urging ...

Sample or Template
CHGME Congressional Outreach Materials in Support of FY 2017 CHGME Funding Requests
February 22, 2016

CHA urges member hospitals to ask their lawmakers to submit programmatic funding requests to the House and Senate Labor-HHS Subcommittees in support ...

Analysis or Summary
White House FY 2017 Budget Request Highlights
February 12, 2016

The White House budget includes a host of additional policy proposals related to Medicaid, Medicare and other health programs.

Press Release
President's Proposal on CHGME 'Major Step Forward'
February 9, 2016

President Obama's FY2017 budget proposal would strengthen the Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program.

Fact Sheet
Historical CHGME Funding
January 15, 2016

CHA provides a chart detailing the funding history of CHGME.

Press Release
CHGME Funding Increased for 2016
December 21, 2015

The FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill includes a $30 million increase in funding for CHGME.

Letter or Testimony
FY 2017 CHGME Funding Letter by Children's Hospital CEOs to White House
December 16, 2015

CEOs from over 70 hospitals sent a letter in support of the CHGME program to the White House.

Presentation or Recording
2015 Government Relations Planning Meeting Presentations and Materials
December 3, 2015

Access presentations and handouts from the meeting.

Letter or Testimony
FY 2017 CHGME Supported by CHA, AAP and AHA
November 11, 2015

CHA, AAP and AHA urge President Obama to include full funding for CHGME in the FY 2017 budget.

Issue Brief
2014 Graduate Medical Education Payments to Freestanding Childrens Hospitals
November 9, 2015

This summary lists the FY 2014 GME payments made to freestanding children’s hospitals.



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