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HHS - 836 - Council on Graduate Medical Education - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameCouncil on Graduate Medical EducationAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number836
Original Establishment Date4/8/1986Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*18
Current Charter Date9/30/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter9/30/2022Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Shane
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Rogers
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*42 U.S.C. 294oDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 443-5260
Effective Date Of Authority*11/13/1998Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-443-1879
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Council provides advice and conveys specific policy recommendations, usually in the form of an official report, to the Secretary, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services(HHS), and to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives. The Council provides the only public forum for presenting and discussing information on physician manpower shortages and excesses of specialists; International (foreign) Medical Graduates; and financing of medical education and changes in medical education programs.

The Council provides an ongoing assessment of physician workforce trends, training issues and financing policies, and recommends appropriate federal and private sector efforts on these issues. COGME advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary, DHHS and to Congress.
How is membership balanced?*The Council consists of 18 members: The Assistant Secretary (or designee) for Health; the Administrator (or designee) of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; the Chief Medical Director (or designee) of the Department of Veterans Affairs; the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (or designee); and 14 members appointed by the Secretary of HHS to include representatives of practicing primary care physicians, national and specialty physician organizations, foreign medical graduates, medical student and house staff associations, representatives of schools of medicine and osteopathy, public and private teaching hospitals, and representatives of health insurers, business, and labor.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The COGME meets not less than two times each calendar year. In FY 2020, the Council met on July 17, 2020 (virtual) and August 29, 2020 (virtual) to discuss recommendations targeted at improving rural health workforce issues and the Council's current Rural Health Policy Briefs.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*There is no other Council or Committee in HRSA, or HHS, that has the same charge as the Council on Graduate Medical Education. No other public advisory body offers opinions formulated on the issues of physician workforce and medical education from the combined perspective of professional primary care and specialty health care providers representing allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, practicing physicians, medical students and house staff, physician professional associations, hospital representatives, business, labor, and health insurers.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A, all meetings held by this Council are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksSince 1988, the Council has produced 471 recommendations through 23 reports, 10 resource papers, and eight letters to Congress.

Under Membership, the designated Ex-Officio Member for the VA changed from Monica Lypson to Karen Sanders in March of 2020. This is why the Charter says we have four Ex-Officio members, but the ACR now reports five.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNot Applicable
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentGetting to the right size and mix of appropriately trained physicians improves the effectiveness of health care delivery service.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*471Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentRecommendations have covered the size and mix of the physician workforce, expanding access to physician care, financing physician training, the role of international medical graduates, women and minorities in medicine, and educating physicians for future needs.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*18.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentWhile HRSA staff support the Council, the bulk of its recommendations call for policy changes of a general nature to be implemented by Congress, and public and private institutions. Most recommendations made by the Council are not specific to HRSA.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*33.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentWhile HRSA staff support the Council, the bulk of its recommendations call for policy changes of a general nature to be implemented by Congress, HHS, and public and private institutions. Most recommendations made by the Council are not specific to HRSA.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentDFO and agency contact information for the Council on Graduate Medical Education is easily available via the Council's official website at
Agency Feedback Comment*Yes. Agency reviews the recommendations provided by the Council on Graduate Medical Education through the submission of their reports and tries to implement when appropriate.Narrative Description*The Council advises the Secretary of HHS and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representative on matters concerning Graduate Medical Education (GME) and the physician workforce--major policy levers for assuring access to high quality health care for all Americans. Within HHS, selected programs of HRSA directly support medical education, and the placement of physicians, and the funding of health care in medically underserved communities. The COGME website:
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$11,808.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$45,920.00
Payments to Federal Members*$3,280.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$13,120.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$204,931.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$258,338.00
Payments to Consultants*$1,975.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$3,354.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$1,826.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$100.00
Total Costs$223,820.00Est. Total Next FY*$320,832.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.21Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.53
Cost RemarksPayments to Federal Members - this number included two members attending two meetings, one member attending one meeting, and one member not attending any meetings.Est Cost RemarksThe increase costs in "Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*" accounts a larger membership as well as 2.5 times the number of estimated meeting days compared to last FY.

Payments to Federal Members - this increase cost accounts for a larger Ex-Officio number (per legislative change) and plans for all Federal members to attend the three planned FY21 meetings.
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Interest Areas

Schools and Academic Institutions
Health Care
Medical Education
Medical Practitioners
Medicine and Dentistry


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036418Council on Graduate Medical Education2019
 COM-034622Council on Graduate Medical Education2018
 COM-001903Council on Graduate Medical Education2017
 COM-002426Council on Graduate Medical Education2016
 COM-003841Council on Graduate Medical Education2015
 COM-004748Council on Graduate Medical Education2014
 COM-006126Council on Graduate Medical Education2013
 COM-006558Council on Graduate Medical Education2012
 COM-008214Council on Graduate Medical Education2011
 COM-008832Council on Graduate Medical Education2010
 COM-010365Council on Graduate Medical Education2009
 COM-010685Council on Graduate Medical Education2008
 COM-012216Council on Graduate Medical Education2007
 COM-012909Council on Graduate Medical Education2006
 COM-013754Council on Graduate Medical Education2005
 COM-014483Council on Graduate Medical Education2004
 COM-015860Council on Graduate Medical Education2003
 COM-016800Council on Graduate Medical Education2002
 COM-017779Council on Graduate Medical Education2001
 COM-018468Council on Graduate Medical Education2000
 COM-019787Council on Graduate Medical Education1999
 COM-020273Council on Graduate Medical Education1998
 COM-021732Council on Graduate Medical Education1997