The appropriation for the Primary Care Initiative (PCI) for FY 2019 is $633,367, 2.4% less than the FY 2018 initial appropriation. The Carver College of Medicine 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 $171,003
- Iowa Health Professions Inventory $150,349
- Rural Physician Support Program $ 63,239
$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.
$171,003 – Reginal Medical Education Center (RMEC) Grants: The five Regional Medical Education (RMEC) Grants total $171,003. Each of the five RMEC’s across the state receives $34,200. The RMECs are located at Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Mason City, Sioux City and Waterloo and this funding supports the sites efforts in UI Carver College of Medicine undergraduate medical education.
$208,336 – 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.
$5,252 – General Expenses/Travel: This funding supports the significant travel required for OSCEP staff along with minor office related expenses.