Projects & Initiatives
Driven by the legislature, the UMEC conducts health care workforce studies in Utah and helps develop policy and health care training infrastructure in Utah.
The Utah Medical Education Council (UMEC) addresses the needs of rural Utah through its workforce studies; job board & job fairs; and through the Rural GME program. The Rural Initiative web page explains UMEC's involvement in rural Utah.
The UMEC sponsors two job fairs (Physician and Advanced Practice) for the express purpose of encouraging retention of medical providers in Utah. We bring together community representatives (rural and urban) with need for and availability of health care workforce practice opportunities and aspiring professionals in training programs (physicians, physician assistants and APRNs - nurse practitioners, certified nurse specialists, certified nurse midwifes, certified nurse anesthetists) who are able to fill these opportunities in Utah.
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Demonstration Project tested the feasibiliity of using public policy to rationalize and stabilize Graduate Medical Education (GME) funding. The Utah Medical Education Council (UMEC), under this project, has linked Medicare GME funding to Utah's physician workforce needs. The project was completed in 2010.