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.


Interactive data maps


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


Email or call (916) 551-2899. Applicants can also request help by clicking the “Help” button on the bottom right hand side of the online application at any step.

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