Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program

Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program (HRSA-22-139)

Top Five FAQs

Q1: What types of residency programs are eligible for THCGME funding? 
A: The THCGME funding opportunity offers funding to support primary care residency programs in: family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine-pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and geriatrics. 
Note: No other specialties will be considered for THCGME funding.

Q2: Are teaching hospitals and academic institutions eligible for THCGME funding? 
A: No. Entities that are not community-based ambulatory patient care centers, such as teaching hospitals, health care systems and/or networks, and academic institutions are not eligible to receive THCGME funding. However, a community-based ambulatory patient care center may form a Graduate Medical Education (GME) consortium with community stakeholders (e.g. academic health centers, hospitals and/or medical or dental schools) where the GME consortium serves as the Sponsoring Institution. 

Q3: Are there priorities available through this announcement?
A: Yes. The THCGME program has three funding priorities for making awards to new teaching health centers (THC): Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), medically underserved community, and rural community. Additional consideration is given across the three funding priorities for new THC applicants that qualify. New THC applicants are permitted to apply for more than one priority. Applicants for new THC awards may also apply to this announcement without requesting a funding priority.

Q4: How much is the per resident full-time equivalent (FTE) award amount through this announcement? 
A: The THCGME program payment is formula-based and provides a payment inclusive of both Direct Medical Education and Indirect Medical Education support. The FY 2022 interim payment rate will be $160,000 per resident FTE. In subsequent fiscal years, the payment rate may change due to available appropriations and/or changes in payment methodology.

Q5: Does my residency program need to be accredited in order to receive THCGME support? 
Answer: Yes. You must provide documentation that the residency program is accredited at time of application. Applicant residency programs must be prepared to begin training residents starting July 1, 2022.

More questions? Check out the FAQs and Technical Assistance Webinar recording.

The application deadline is March 31, 2022.


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