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CMS Accepting Applications for Medicare Residency Slots

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the distribution of the first 200 Graduate Medical Education (GME) slots out of the 1,000 created as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The new positions will be primarily allocated to primary care and mental health specialties, with the remaining positions being made available to other specialties if certain requirements are met by the hospitals. These slots will help in enhancing the healthcare workforce and funding additional positions in hospitals that serve underserved communities.

In order to be eligible for the 1,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) resident cap slots, a hospital must meet the requirements in at least one of the four categories: hospitals in rural areas (or treated as being located in a rural area under the law); hospitals training a number of residents in excess of their GME cap; hospitals in states with new medical schools or branch campuses; and hospitals that serve areas designated as health professional shortage areas (HPSAs). Moreover, no hospital can receive more than 25 FTE resident cap slots.

The application cycle for the 200 FY 2024 slots is currently open until March 31. If you need more information about the application process for additional slots, please refer to the CMS website.

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