Washington, D.C. — Today, Dr. Gordon E. Schutze, executive vice chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Texas Children's Hospital, called on Congress to reauthorize the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program to help fund training for the next generation of pediatricians. Testifying before the House Energy and Commerce's Health Subcommittee, Schutze urged Congress to reauthorize CHGME for five years at an annual funding level of $330 million by passing H.R. 5385, the Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2018.
CHGME provides crucial funding to 58 children's teaching hospitals to support the training of pediatric residents and fellows. The institutions receiving CHGME funding train more than half of all general pediatricians and pediatric specialists in the United States — more than 7,000 annually. Continuing this program will help maintain and expand vital training programs and protect gains in children's health and access to care nationwide.
"Reauthorizing the CHGME program is a vital step forward in helping children achieve their full health potential," Schutze explained to lawmakers. "Through its passage, Congress is helping ensure graduate medical education programs will have the resources and talent to care for the next generation of software engineers, entrepreneurs, professional dancers, Olympic athletes, teachers and caregivers."
"CHGME is a proven, effective program with strong, bipartisan support in Congress under both Republican and Democratic leadership," Mark Wietecha, president and chief executive officer of the Children's Hospital Association, noted after the hearing. "We thank lawmakers for their commitment to a stronger pediatric workforce serving our children's health and the future interests of our country."
This legislation must next be voted out of subcommittee and advanced to the full House floor. The Senate is considering S. 2597, identical legislation, to reauthorize this crucial program.
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