Ronald M. Andersen, PhD; Gerald S. Levey, MD; Llewellyn J. Cornelius, MA; Christopher S. Lyttle, MA; Lu Ann Aday, PhD
Hospital revenue is the most important source for residency and fellowship stipends in internal medicine. Medicare is especially important for residency programs in voluntary hospitals and hospitals not closely affiliated with a medical school. In the last decade state and local government support and federal training grant support for residency stipends declined, whereas Veterans Administration support increased. Fellowship stipend sources are much more diverse; federal training grants, professional fees, foundations, medical school funds, and research grants contribute significantly. Medicare support appears to be focused on subspecialties particularly important to the elderly, including critical care, rheumatology, cardiology, hematology, gastroenterology, and nephrology. Geriatric medicine, however, receives substantial Veterans Administration support. With growing revenue constraints and increasing concerns about excess physicians we need to monitor the impact of government regulations and other factors on funds available for training internal medicine specialists.
Andersen RM, Levey GS, Cornelius LJ, Lyttle CS, Aday LA. National Study of Internal Medicine Manpower: XIII. The Financing of Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship Training, 1985 to 1986. Ann Intern Med. ;109:62–69. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-1-62
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