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Webinar Series: A Primer on Designing GME in Rural Clinical Facilities

September 16, 2020
Area(s) of Interest: Physician Workforce 


To grow and diversify the physician workforce, Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC), the Butte-Glenn Medical Society (BGMS) Residency Task Force and Paradise Medical Group have launched a free webinar series — “A Primer on Designing GME in Rural Clinical Facilities”— to offer innovative technical advice and solutions to meet rural California’s critical access to care needs.

The first installment — GME Partners: A Two-Year Journey — will be next Thursday, September 24, 2020, at 12:15 pm. This first webinar will provide an overview of how to establish a graduate medical education (GME) partnership with academic institutions, why site visits are key to developing these relationships early on and how it takes a multi-level approach to establish these relationships, from high-level education deans to the medial specialty GME lead staff person and with future residents themselves.

Over the course of the series, physicians, practice managers and providers can expect to learn the foundational elements of preparing clinical facilities to successfully design medical residency programs. Participants will strategize with experienced experts to maximize resources and leverage community support towards building a GME program.

Each one-hour virtual workshop will be presented by Kiki Nocella, Ph.D., MHA, and director at Wipfli LLP, a nationally renowned accounting and business consulting firm – unless otherwise noted. Nocella is a passionate advocate for GME and rural health care, and she has decades of experience, including a recent Psychiatry Residency Feasibility Study for Butte County and BGMS in July 2020.

You can register for any of these events at cmadocs.org/gme-webinars.

If you are unable to join the live events, they will be recorded an available for on-demand viewing.


Thursday, September 24, 2020
GME Partners: A Two-Year Journey

  • Overview of how to establish a GME partnership with academic institutions, why site visits are key to developing these relationships early on and how it takes a multi-level approach to establish these relationships, from high-level education deans to the medial specialty GME lead staff person and with future residents themselves.
  • Learn how the BGMS Northern California Medical Education Program was established to help facilitate these connections. 

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Feasibility Studies & Business Plans

  • Overview of how feasibility studies and business plans help analyze the strengths and weaknesses of your clinical facility, uncover potentially great funding sources, solidify data for applying for state and/or federal funding, and what costs are associated with these important steps toward establishing a medical residency.
  • Learn how to best position your clinical facility for success as a rotational site, continuity clinic, consortium member or part of an expanded residency.

Thursday, November 12, 2020
State Efforts to Expand Residency Programs

  • Features statewide leaders, like Lupe Alonzo-Diaz, MPA, PHC’s CEO, and  on statewide funding programs like CalMedforce and the Song-Brown Healthcare Workforce Training Programs.
  • Overview of CalMedForce and other GME efforts happening in 2020 and 2021 to plan for local and future residency programs.

Thursday, December 3, 2020
ACGME Requirement Changes in the Last Decade: What You Need to Expect from Residents Now

  • Overview of the recent, extensive and comprehensive Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) changes made at the federal level to help gain a competitive funding edge.

Thursday, January 7, 2021, 2021
Funding Opportunities: The Time Is Now for Rural Counties & Communities

  • Overview of what regional organizations are potential resources for funding and how best to plan locally, develop relationships and align priorities.

Friday, January 28, 2021
Expand or Create New? That Is the Question

  • Overview of the ACGME’s geographical limitations and strategies to determine if expansion, creation or consortium is the best route to grow the local physician workforce.

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Focus on Community: Lessons from the Camp Fire

  • Overview of how to prioritize residency programs and build consensus from community leaders.
  • Learn how Butte County regrouped after the devastating Camp Fire to address access to care issues.

Thursday, March 25, 2021
Board-Certified Physicians: Key to Continuity Sites

  • Overview on the requirement for one Board-certified physician (to be classified a Community Site), recruitment strategies to aid long-term planning and how to best prepare for the Designated Institutional Officials (DIO) section of the AGCME.

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