UNC receives federal funding to expand pediatrics primary care residency program

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 — This 5-year grant will be used to create four additional intern slots per academic year, beginning in 2011, for resident physicians in UNC’s Department of Pediatrics who plan to pursue careers in primary care.

CHAPEL HILL — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine has received a federal grant totaling $3.7 million to expand its pediatrics residency program focused on primary care.

This 5-year grant will be used to create four additional intern slots per academic year, beginning in 2011, for resident physicians in UNC’s Department of Pediatrics who plan to pursue careers in primary care. The 20 doctors-in-training selected for this program will complete their residencies at UNC and two sites in Greensboro, N.C.:  The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital and Guilford Child Health, said Julie Byerley, MD, MPH, director of UNC's Pediatrics Residency Program and project director for the grant. Kaye Gable, MD, director of the Pediatric Teaching Program at Moses Cone Hospital, is the project’s co-director.

These sites were selected for several unique educational factors, Byerley said, including a well established community teaching program with Moses Cone Health System, and award-winning community resources in Greensboro, which include extensive public-private partnerships that have been created to benefit the health and welfare of children.

“Our current residents already spend several months during their residency in Greensboro at each of these superb community sites, where excellent faculty are in place to supervise their experiences,” she said. 

Gable said Moses Cone Health System is “very excited to be part of this opportunity to train pediatric residents in the patient-centered medical home model of care. We recognize this as a huge benefit for our community.”

The funding comes from $320 million in grants given by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to strengthen the health care workforce. The UNC grant, in particular, was funded from $167.3 million set aside for the Primary Care Residency Expansion (PCRE) program.

The PCRE program funds 82 accredited primary care residency training programs to increase the number of residents trained in general pediatrics, general internal medicine, and family medicine. Grantees will use the 5-year grant to provide stipend support for new enrollees in 3-year primary care residency training programs. By 2015, the program will support the training of 889 new primary care residents over the number currently being trained and more than 500 of these residents will have completed their training.

Media contacts: Tom Hughes, (919) 966-6047, tahughes@unch.unc.edu and Doug Allred, (336) 832-8659, Douglas.Allred@MosesCone.com

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