GME Financing & Physician Workforce Trends ft. Kyle Leggott, MD, Part II
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In this episode, Dr. Kyle Leggott and I continue our conversation about the complex issues surrounding GME financing and physician workforce trends. Dr. Leggott is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine. He is also a Scholar at the Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center. 

In Part II, you’ll hear Dr. Leggott’s insights into: 

  • GME financing from a federal, state and hospital levels.
  • Projected increase of GME spending and what it will cover - both directly and indirectly.
  • How direct medical costs are calculated and allocated.
  • How the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 will help to address the national physician workforce shortage.
  • How to ensure that distribution of newly-opened spots matches the needs of the healthcare workforce as well as the needs of medical students.
  • How to pair the complexity of the GME system with patient outcomes in a compelling narrative to foster change.
  • Some initiatives that are working to fix the GME system.

Dr. Kyle Leggott is a family physician with health politics experience whose expertise includes policy development and translation, the intersection of policy with state-based health care legislation, and innovative approaches to addressing healthcare reform. Within the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine, where Dr. Leggott completed a health policy and politics fellowship, Dr. Leggott provides in- and outpatient care. A member of the GME Initiative (GMEI) since 2017 and current chair of the GMEI Legislative Committee, Dr. Leggott works on physician workforce and graduate medical education reform. He also serves as a member for the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) and is a physician blogger for AAFP’s Fresh Perspective blog. 

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