CalMedForce: Building California’s physician pipeline December 19, 2019By Monica Montano CalMedForce California is a mass exporter of medical students. Every year, hundreds of graduating medical students do not secure a residency position in California and must leave for an out-of-state program. To that end, CalMedForce supports and expands graduate medical education (GME) residency training programs in California. Physician residents are one critical solution to our state’s physician shortage since each resident conducts approximately 600 patient visits per year. In its inaugural January 2019 cycle, 131 residency programs requested $147 million to support nearly 600 resident physicians. PHC ultimately awarded $38.1 million to 72 GME programs, supporting 156 physician residents. The average payor mix for awardees was 88% Medi-Cal, dual eligible, indigent and uninsured. Awardees have noted that the grant has prevented their program from closing, enabled them to expand their curricula to include social determinants of health and helped them to increase rotations in underserved communities. If you are interested in learning more, visit www.calmedforce.org or email CalMedForce@phcdocs.org to be added to our email list.