Funding Opportunities


HRSA Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) THCGME Program provides funding to support the training of residents in a new or expanded primary care residency training program in rural and underserved communities. While other residency programs base training out of hospitals, our Teaching Health Center programs focus training in community-based primary care settings, such as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).

Application Cycle: June 13, 2019 – August 30, 2019

Available Funding: HRSA expects approximately $120 million to be available over two years to fund up to 61 eligible grantees (56 continuation awards and up to five new awards).

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are community-based ambulatory patient care centers that sponsors the training of an accredited primary care residency program. For a listing of eligible specialties/disciplines, refer to page 6 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Song-Brown Healthcare Workforce Training Program

The Song-Brown Program funds institutions that train primary care health professionals to provide health care in California’s medically underserved areas. Competitive proposals will demonstrate a commitment to Song-Brown goals and demonstrated success in meeting the three statutory priorities as follows: attracting and admitting under-represented minorities and those from underserved communities; training residents in underserved areas; and placing graduates in underserved areas.

Application Cycle: April 30, 2020 – May 12, 2020

Available Funding: Approximately $31,000,000 in state funding may be available to support existing, expanding, new, and Teaching Health Center primary care residency programs. Funding for this program is dependent on the FY20-21 CA State Budget.

Eligibility: Primary care residency training programs (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, or Pediatrics), either traditional or Teaching Health Center (THC). Eligible programs may apply for Existing, Expansion, THC, or New Program funding.

CalMedForce Graduate Medical Education Program

Physicians for a Healthy California’s CalMedForce program is committed to growing a diverse physician workforce by supporting, incentivizing and expanding graduate medical education in California. Their goal is to grow and strengthen the physician pipeline to meet the demands of California’s growing patient population, with a focus on medically-underserved areas and populations.

Application Cycle: August 7, 2020 – September 21, 2020

Available Funding: Approximately $38 million is available to support ACGME-accredited Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN), Pediatric, and Emergency Medicine residency programs.

Eligibility: At the time of applying a residency program must meet the following criteria:

  • Located in California
  • Allopathic or Osteopathic
  • Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Council on Postdoctoral Training
  • Primary care (family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, and/or pediatrics) or emergency medicine residency program
  • Serve medically underserved populations and areas


CMS-Approved State Plan Amendment 18-0032

The California State Plan Amendment (SPA) 18-0032 was submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on June 29, 2018 and approved on September 21, 2018 (Services, 2019). SPA 18- 0032 authorizes reimbursement under the Prospective Payment System (PPS) methodology for services performed by qualifying Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education primary care resident physicians at participating FQHCs and RHCs.

Application Cycle: Not Applicable. Community Health Centers may file a change in scope of service request to add a GME program and take advantage of this unique funding opportunity. Change in scope of service requests must be coordinated with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).

Available Funding: Varies Per Organization

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for this reimbursement, all the conditions noted below must be met:

  • The THCGME Program is required to be accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
  • The residency program must be federally or state-sponsored by the HRSA THCGME Program, Song-Brown Healthcare Workforce Training Program, and/or CalMedForce Program.
  • A teaching physician (TP) is identified by the sponsored THCGME Program and may not supervise more than 4 primary care residents at a time.
  • Medical residents must have at least six months experience in a GME program, working under the supervision of a TP.
  • Physician is defined as follows: A doctor of medicine or osteopathy authorized to practice medicine and surgery by the State and who is acting within the scope of his/her license. It includes a primary care resident physician, in a HRSA or State sponsored THCGME Program, supervised by a designated TP.

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