The California Health Care Foundation, in partnership with policy research group Mathematica, has issued a request for proposal (RFP) on feasibility grants to advance graduate medical education (GME) in California hospitals.
The RFP is open to California hospitals that have never sponsored a GME program but are interested in exploring the possibility of doing so, as well as hospitals that are just beginning GME and have not yet triggered their Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services cap. Priority will go to hospitals addressing the needs of underrepresented populations or geographic areas. Hospitals interested in starting programs in multiple specialties will also receive consideration.
Based on a recommendation from the California Future Health Workforce Commission, the grants are designed to ensure the future stability and capacity of the health care system by expanding GME programs to increase the number of California-trained physicians, especially in needed specialties and underserved regions of the state.
Responses to the RFP are due 5 p.m. (PT) Dec. 15, and initial awards will be announced on Feb. 2, 2021. The grants range from $25,000 to $40,000. More information and details on the RFP submission process can be found here.