UMEC is a governor appointed, eight-member board charged to bridge the gap between public/private health care workforce and educational interests.
To conduct health care workforce research, to advise on Utah's health care training needs, and to influence graduate medical education (GME) financing policies.
Core Responsibilities – Health Care Workforce
- Assess supply and demand
- Advise and develop policy
- Seek and disburse Graduate Medical Education (GME) funds
- Facilitate training in rural locations
- Partnerships – public/private
- Reports – health care workforce
- Models – workforce and financial
- Program(s) expansion – rural and urban
- Funds management – privately funded program expansion, Medicaid GME and rural training site expansion.
♦ $3 million annually to expand GME training from public/private partnership
♦ $6 million annually in Medicaid GME funding statewide
♦ Increased the number of interns and residents trained in Utah programs by 38%, about 200 positions, over the past ten years
♦ Increased rural health care workforce and education, including establishment of new rural surgery program; rural family medicine fellowship; and rural rotations in dental, emergency medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pathology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery
♦ Preserved both child and adult psychiatric training programs
♦ Received the only national GME demonstration project awarded by CMS
Current Areas of Focus
- Retention of Utah trained healthcare workforce
- Facilitate rural training opportunities
- Strengthen public/private partnerships