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ADA Warns Administration that Combining Graduate Medical Education Programs Could Affect Pediatric and General Dentistry Residencies

June 04, 2014

President Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget proposal to combine graduate medical education programs could inadvertently result in a reduction of money available for pediatric and general dentistry residencies, the ADA and other groups warned the Administration last week.

In a letter to Mary Wakefield, administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the ADA and other members of the Organized Dentistry Coalition noted that the Administration neglected to mention dental residencies in its proposal, which could result a new, larger GME program without a dental component.

"As you know, the pediatric and general dentists will be the primary workforce serving children receiving pediatric dental insurance coverage for the first time under the ACA," the coalition letter noted. Although neglecting to mention dental residencies in the Obama proposal was likely an oversight, the coalition asked that HRSA address it as soon as possible.