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Support for underserved and rural populations



Graduate medical education programs in medically underserved areas treating medically underserved populations (MUA/P) are critical to easing health inequities across the United States.  Too often technology contributes to a digital divide, worsening health equity disparities.  At the core of 3rdFriday’s mission is promoting health equity and closing the digital divide.   The American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is progressing on a framework to give special accreditation to MUA/P programs.   3rdFriday will support these programs through special grants to ease the financial burden on quality physician recruitment.

·       Rural track programs (RTP) – ACGME Rural Track Program Designation: Type 1


o   Rural hospitals, as the name implies, serve rural areas of the US where less than 19% of the population live. Often, these communities are made up of farmers, farm workers, small businesspeople, and agricultural suppliers. These people often must travel longer distances to gain access to healthcare

o   GME rural tracks” as defined in rules and regulations of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 42 CFR §413.79(k).

o   An ACGME-accredited program with a unique 10-digit identifier in which residents/fellows gain both urban and rural experience with more than half of the education and training for each resident/fellow taking place in a rural area (any area outside of a Core-Based Statistical Area (CBSA)).


·       Medically underserved area and populations  –  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality designation in one of the following areas[a1] :

o   Systemwide uncompensated care burden or at least one high uncompensated burden care hospital

o   System includes at least one disproportionate share hospital (DSH)


 Please contact 3rdFriday for special program grants for GME dedicated to MUA/P or rural populations.

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