John Delzell, Jr.
First published on Dr. Delzell’s blog, Education in Medicine.
COGME recently released its 20th report, Advancing Primary Care. Unless you are a real geek like me, you probably don’t know what COGME stands for. COGME is the Council on Graduate Medical Education. It was authorized by Congress in 1986 to provide an ongoing assessment of physician workforce trends, training issues and financing policies, and to recommend appropriate federal and private sector efforts to address identified needs. The legislation calls for COGME to advise and make recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and the House of Representatives Committee on Commerce. The Health Professions Education Partnerships Act of 1998 reauthorized the Council through September 30, 2002. Since then, the Council has been extended through successive annual appropriations governing the Department of Health and Human Services.(1)