CalMedForce - Growing California's Next Generation of Physicians

CalMedForce administers annual grants to fund new residency positions at graduate medical education (GME) programs throughout California.

CalMedForce dedicates voter-approved, state tobacco tax revenues from Proposition 56 (2016) to train physicians and help California address its growing physician shortage; which is estimated to reach a 10,500-clinician shortfall by 2030.

Awardees are selected based on their ability to support and expand the physician workforce to meet the demands of California’s diverse and growing patient population, with a focus on medically underserved populations.

Explore our interactive data maps by awardee cycle and practice specialty.

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Program Status

FY 2024-25 Application cycle will open July 30, 2024

Application Resources (Updated Materials Coming Soon)


Hundreds of programs in hospitals, medical centers and community clinics have received over $189 million so far to retain and expand Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs in primary care (family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics/gynecology) and emergency medicine.

Eligibility & Guidelines


  • Residency programs located in California
  • Licensed as Allopathic or Osteopathic
  • Provide primary care (family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, or pediatrics) or emergency medicine
  • Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or will have formal accreditation by contract execution
  • Serve medically underserved populations and areas


  • Applications must be received prior to the stated deadline
  • Following the close of the cycle, a final score will be sent to the primary contact and program director
  • Applicants should plan enough time to collect and prepare required information, including:
    • Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) score
    • Structure of the program, including the number of positions overall and the number for which you are requesting funds
    • ACGME letters for the sponsoring institution and residency program or an ACGME letter of proof of formal accreditation prior to contract execution
    • If applicable, information about program graduates, including location, specialty and type of practice from the past five years
    • Patient population payor mix
    • Justification of funding needs