Indiana Graduate Medical Education Program Awarded Development and Expansion Grant

Good Samaritan’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program is part of a consortium that was recently awarded a $5.46 million grant for its Internal Medicine and Psychiatry programs. Good Samaritan is a partner of the Southwestern Indiana Graduate Medical Education Consortium (SIGMEC), who was awarded the grant by the Medical Residency Education Fund. The grant supports the creation and maintenance of new residency positions at existing and new Graduate Medical Education programs.

The primary sites of both the Psychiatry and Internal Medicine programs will be at Good Samaritan where there is a focus on training residents in a community-based rural area and underserved population. In July of 2019, the GME board met and approved the Development and Expansion grant to be awarded to SIGMEC. The grant will provide an additional $45,000 per resident for the full duration of their training. Both the Internal Medicine and Psychiatry programs will receive funding for their first classes. “All of the program directors that are a part of SIGMEC worked together to make this grant a possibility,” said Dr. Robert Ficalora, Southwest Indiana Internal Medicine Residency Program Director and Professor of Clinical Medicine. “The grant dollars our programs will receive will help us recruit the best residents and provide the best care to the community.”

The Psychiatry program will receive funding for four residents for four years and the Internal Medicine program will receive funding for 16 residents for three years, plus eight preliminary residents for one year.

The residency programs received the grant by meeting the following criteria:

  • Residency program expansion in rural and/or underserved areas of Indiana.
  • Residency programs that incorporate components of and/or expose residents in rural and/or underserved regions of the state.
  • Residency program expansion involving a FQHC.
  • Residency program expansion involving a collaborative approach such as a consortium.
  • Residency program expansion planning involving an Area Health Education Center (AHEC).
The total amount of funding SIGMEC will receive equates to $2,580,000 for the Internal Medicine program and up to $3,915,000 over the next three to four years for all residency programs. “The money received from these grants will help our programs here at Good Samaritan tremendously,” said Rob McLin, President and CEO. “The funds will help with expenses of the salary and wages for the residents, and will have a positive impact on our programs.”

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