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Florida’s Graduate Medical Education System, Report No. 14-08, February 2014
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  • Graduate medical education (GME) refers to the training residents complete after medical school graduation to develop clinical and professional skills required to practice medicine. During this education, residents train in a specialty (e.g., general surgery, pediatrics, or internal medicine). There are 53 accredited GME institutions in Florida; 44 of these institutions are administering 407 residency programs with a total of 5,157 approved positions. The remaining nine institutions have recently received accreditation and are not yet training residents.
  • Of the 407 residency programs, 24% are primary care specialties; 25% are non-primary care specialties; and 51% are subspecialties. Approximately 54% of Florida’s GME positions are primary care positions. Approximately 11% of residency positions were unfilled in academic year 2013-14. Institutions reported that residents who graduated from non-Florida medical schools comprised 73% of filled GME positions during academic year 2013-14.
  • Of graduates from Florida’s medical schools from 2000 through 2013 who matched to a Florida residency program, 74% have an active Florida medical license and are practicing medicine in Florida. For graduates who left the state for GME, 26% have active licenses in Florida and are practicing in Florida.
  • Estimated annual funding for GME in Florida totals approximately $540 million, which primarily is from Medicare and Medicaid.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

State University System
Department of Health
Medicaid Health Care Services

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 11-09 The Board of Governors Has Developed a Funding Formula and Uniform Reporting Procedures for Medical Education Programs,published in February 2011.
  • Report No. 09-19 Medical Education Program Funding Model Must Address Institutional Variations and Data Limitations,published in March 2009.
  • Report No. 08-36 Medical Education Funding Is Complex; Better Expenditure Data Is Needed,published in June 2008.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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