The University of Arizona

Graduate Medical Education and the Future of Health Care for American Families

By University Communications, October 25, 2013

In her most recent blog post, UA President Ann Weaver Hart explains how the University's two medical colleges are working closely with clinical partners to develop a model to expand Graduate Medical Education programs in Arizona.

In a new post to her blog, University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart addresses the national shortage of physicians and explains how the UA is working to address the heightened demand.

Emphasizing the need to expand graduate medical education (GME) programs, which offer training after the four years of medical school, Hart notes that the UA's two medical colleges are working with several clinical partners to develop a model that would expand such programs in Arizona.

"Without expansion of Graduate Medical Education programs and redistribution of the proportions of specialists and primary care doctors trained in those programs, many Americans will be unable to afford high quality health care," Hart writes.

Hart acknowledges the numerous challenges associated with offering and expanding such programs. She also offers solutions, noting that academic medical centers are "generally better positioned" to offer GME programs.

"A means to grow GME programs nationwide does exist, however, if policymakers, higher education leaders, and health care experts can partner to leverage the academic health center model with multiple clinical partners in each urban area or region," Hart explains.

"Academic health centers combine the expertise of physician scientists, clinical excellence and a robust teaching operation found at an academic medical center, and they add professionals from other health science disciplines to broaden opportunities for training, research and clinical partnership," she writes.

To read the post, visit Hart's blog at http://president.arizona.edu/communications/blog.