Political Tug-of-War and Pediatric Residency Funding

and the Pediatric Residency Program, Seattle Children's Hospital and the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle (J.C.D., R.P.S.).
New England Journal of Medicine (Impact Factor: 54.42). 10/2013; 369(25). DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1312898
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT On October 1, 2013, without a continuing resolution in place to support its budget, the U.S. federal government partially closed. One of many effects of the government shutdown was the defunding of the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) Payment Program. Fifty-five freestanding children's hospitals currently receive CHGME funds. These hospitals train almost 30% of the general pediatricians, 44% of the pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists, and the majority of the pediatric physician-researchers in the United States.(1),(2) Capable of providing highly specialized care for pediatric patients with complex and acute conditions, freestanding children's hospitals are at the apex of . . .

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