The appropriation for the Primary Care Initiative (PCI) for FY 2020 is $633,367, the same as the FY 2019 appropriation. The Carver College of Medicine Office of Statewide Clinical Education Program (OSCEP) operates four continuing programs with this appropriation. These initiatives fill important gaps in the state’s efforts to educate, retain and track health professionals.
Program allocations are as follows:
- Department of Family Medicine Faculty $248,776
- Regional Medical Education Centers Grant Program $172,824
- Iowa Health Professions Inventory $142,254
- Rural Physician Support Program $ 69,513
$248,776 – Faculty Salaries and Benefits for UI Department of Family Medicine: Salary support is provided to the Department of Family Medicine. This money is appropriated and designated by the legislature to provide ongoing support to the UI Family Medicine Department.
$172,824 – Reginal Medical Education Center (RMEC) Grants: The five Regional Medical Education Center (RMEC) Grants total $172,824. Each of the five RMEC’s across the state receives $34,564.80. The RMECs are located at Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Mason City, Sioux City and Waterloo. This funding supports the sites efforts to coordinate medical education of assigned UI Carver College of Medicine undergraduate medical students. This experience supports efforts to expose students to an experience in Iowa communities.
$208,335 – Office of Statewide Clinical Education, Salaries and Benefits: Salary and benefits are to support the staff within the Iowa Health Professions Inventory and the Rural Physician Support Program. This includes the utilization of two part time graduate students for $33,199 to economically achieve goals of the program.
$3,432 – General Expenses/Travel: This funding supports a part of the significant travel required for OSCEP staff along with publication costs of an Opportunities Directory. This directory is provided to residents (Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Psychiatry as well as for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants) in Iowa to make them aware of existing job opportunities to stay in Iowa.