The appropriation for the Primary Care Initiative (PCI) for FY 2022 is $624,374, the same as FY 2021 (the FY 2021 funding included a reduction of 1.42% or $8,993 from the FY 2020 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 $245,243
- Regional Medical Education Centers Grant Program $156,824
- Iowa Health Professions Inventory $143,253
- Rural Physician Support Program $ 79,054
$245,243– Faculty and Staff 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.
$156,824 – Regional Medical Education Center (RMEC) Grants
The Regional Medical Education Center (RMEC) Grants total $156,824. 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.
$207,797– 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 $38,221 to economically achieve goals of the program.
$18,520 – General Expenses/Travel
This funding supports a part of the significant travel required for OSCEP staff along with tuition and fees for the graduate students and publication costs of an Opportunities Directory. The Opportunities 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 all the existing job opportunities to stay in Iowa. This has been a well-received document supporting recruitment to all of Iowa communities and has been effective in recruitment efforts.