Health Center Regulatory Issues, Uncategorized

HRSA Announces Second Application Cycle for Teaching Health Centers

By: Anne Morris

HRSA has released its guidance for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 award cycle for the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program. As you’ll recall, eligible entities are “community-based ambulatory patient care centers” that operate a primary care medical or dental residency program. Health centers are among the entities that meet the community-based ambulatory patient care center definition. Health centers who wish to apply for this opportunity must operate an accredited graduate medical residency training program in the following primary care disciplines: family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine-pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, or geriatrics. Available funding may be used only for the costs of new residents in a newly-established THC or an increased number of residents (above the number enrolled in the 2011-2012 academic year) in an existing THC. To participate in this program, the health center must either hold the accreditation for the residency program or be part of a consortium that is listed as the institutional sponsor of the residency program. The payment per resident full-time equivalent in FY 2011 was $150,000; however, the per resident amount is likely to change based on application of the statutory formula in FY 2012.

The application deadline is Tuesday, October 11 at 8pm eastern time. HRSA will hold a technical assistance conference call on Friday of this week (September 16th) at 11am eastern time.
The anticipated notice of award date is November 2011, and funding will be available for training expenses incurred in Federal Fiscal Year 2012. However, the start date for the initial award will be July 1, 2012 to correspond to the academic year. Funds for the following year will be available through a post-award renewal.

The application and further information about the THCGME program may be found here.