28th National Conference: Dr Donald Frey Presents “Physician Workforce—An Issue of Medical Ethics as well as National Priority”

Donald Frey, MD; Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
Donald Frey, MD; Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska

On the first morning of the 28th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access, Creighton University’s Doctor Donald R, Frey will present a Thought Provocateur session entitled “Physician Workforce—An Issue of Medical Ethics as well as National Priority”.

At Creighton University, a Jesuit institution based in Omaha, Nebraska, Doctor Frey has held the Dr Roland L Kleeburger Endowed Chair since 1996.

As Creighton University’s Vice President for Health Sciences, Dr Frey is responsible for the oversight of Creighton’s schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy and health professions. He has had long service at Creighton as Chair of the university’s Department of Family Medicine, preceded by the Directorship of the Family Medicine Residency Program.

Doctor Frey will discuss the American way of funding physician education. For the past half century, the major source of federal funding for medical education are the “direct” and “indirect” graduate medical education funds appropriated through the Medicare budget, currently administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

These funds are distributed to eligible hospitals with physician residency positions by means of formulas that become increasingly complex over the decades, with major modifications of the program included within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The provision of high quality health services throughout the nation requires a physician workforce sensitive to the needs to all the nation’s geographical areas and populations. The challenges, dangers and opportunities that face the nation’s postgraduate medical training (i.e., physician residency positions and fellowships) will be the subject of Dr Frey’s Thought Provocateur session.