Mission Statement: Physicians for a Healthy California’s CalMedForce program is committed to growing a diverse physician workforce by supporting, incentivizing and expanding graduate medical education in California. Our goal is to grow and strengthen the physician pipeline to meet the demands of California’s growing patient population, with a focus on medically-underserved areas and populations.
PHC in partnership with UC developed the Advisory Council and Board to provide expertise and guidance regarding the Prop. 56 funded GME program. The Advisory Council is comprised of 15 organizational subject matter experts that are responsible for advising PHC and the Board on the following:
- drafting the application
- establishing grant eligibility criteria
- developing the scoring criteria
- supporting outreach efforts
- reviewing applications
- recommending funding
- developing administrative procedures
The Advisory Council had various recommendations to PHC regarding the application, eligibility criteria, and scoring criteria. Because the December 2018 cycle was the inaugural cycle, the Advisory Council took great lengths to validate that the eligibility and scoring criteria aligned with the statute.
The Advisory Council and Board approved the following funding guidelines to disburse funding amongst primary care and emergency medicine.
The application consists of multiple questions that were evaluated and scored consistent with the statute. In the inaugural year, the application contains only questions with objective quantitatively scored criteria. The electronic application auto-scored the applications. Therefore, the Advisory Council and Board did not score applications. Upon submission, staff reviewed each application for accuracy and completeness.
Staff balanced competing priorities when developing tiered recommendations. These competing priorities included funding high scoring applicants as well as distributing funds across many residency programs. As such, it will be noted that the tiers are similar, but not exact across the disciplines. The tiers were drafted as an acknowledgement that there were scoring distribution variances amongst the disciplines. Nonetheless, it will be noted that given the requests totaling approximately $147.3 million only a fraction of the requests could be honored. At all times, staff used the Advisory Council and Board-approved scoring criteria to develop its tiered approach.
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