UnityPoint Methodist receiving federal money for training opportunities for new doctors

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Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 4:30 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - UnityPoint Health - Methodist is one of five Illinois hospitals set to receive funding to support additional residency slots for hospitals to help address the nation’s physician shortage.

In a joint release from U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, the money comes from the medicare graduate medical education fund and supports 14 residency slots.

It is estimated that the United States will face a shortage of up to 124,000 physicians over the next decade, in part stemming from the strains caused by the pandemic.  These workforce shortages harm patient access to care and exacerbate racial and ethnic health disparities.  These new federally funded residency slots are part of the initial investment made by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

Along with UnityPoint in Peoria, funding is also going to the University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago Swedish Hospital, Chicago University of Illinois Hospital and Chicago Jackson Park Hospital.