The NPA policy committee was honored to have Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan join us a guest speaker on April 28st for a special discussion of the Institute of Medicine’s recent, controversial report on graduate medical education (GME). Dr. Mullan was a lead author for this report on the future of residency and fellowship education. Controversial recommendations of the report include increasing the transparency and accountability of CMS’ GME payments and restructuring payments to incentivize the training of primary care physicians and physicians who work in medically under-served communities. NPA is a strong supporter of health workforce reform and has issued a policy statement on comprehensive health workforce reform as well as a statement on the IOM GME report. Please see the links below for his analysis of this critical topic.
The webinar was moderated by NPA Board member Dr. Kate Tulenko, Vice President for Health Systems Innovation at IntraHealth International and Director of CapacityPlus, the US Agency for International Development’s flagship health workforce program.
“The IOM GME Report and the Fight for the Soul of Medicine”
Recorded Tuesday April 28th, 2015
Fitzhugh Mullan, MD is the Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy at the George Washington University. His research and policy work focus on US and international health workforce issues. His US work includes the W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded Beyond Flexner Study and the Josiah Macy Jr. funded Medical Education Futures Study. He is the Principal Investigator of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Coordinating Center – a 5-year medical education scale-up project in 13 African medical schools. He previously served as Principal Investigator of the Gates Foundation funded Sub-Saharan African Medical School Study (SAMSS).
He is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Chicago Medical School and is board certified in pediatrics. He served 23 years in the United States Public Health Service, starting as a physician in the National Health Service Corps and later as director of the program. He subsequently worked at the NIH, served on the staff of Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, directed the Bureau of Health Professions, and attained the rank of Assistant Surgeon General. He also served as Secretary of Health and Environment for the State of New Mexico, as a member of the Council on Graduate Medical Education, and on the President’s Task Force on Health Care Reform. He has written widely for professional and general audiences. His books include White Coat, Clenched Fist: The Political Education of an American Physician and Big Doctoring: Profiles in Primary Care. He is an appointed commissioner of the National Health Care Workforce Commission, the Founding Board Chair of Seed Global Health, and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.