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Capitol Health Call
July 12, 2006

Budget Cuts Opposed

JAMA. 2006;296(2):161. doi:10.1001/jama.296.2.161-d

All 132 member-institutions of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) sent a June 1 letter to all members of Congress urging their support to restore funding for certain health professional programs.

The letter warned that the proposed $145 million for fiscal year 2006 (a 51.5% cut from 2005 spending) to fund Title VII health professions programs will compromise AAMC members' abilities to recruit, educate, and train certain physicians who are more likely to provide care in rural and other underserved areas. According to the letter, the cuts would eliminate geriatric training programs and national and regional workforce analysis centers, which help determine the nation's future workforce needs.