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New Graduate Medical Education Program Development Grant

Grants to Wisconsin Rural Hospitals to Develop Educational
Programs that Increase Healthcare Workforce in Rural Areas

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Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Office of Policy Initiatives and Budget

Deadline Date:

04/16/21 12:00 Noon Receipt


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Grants to Wisconsin rural hospitals and healthcare organizations to develop educational programs in a variety of medical specialties. Funding is intended to support the creation and expansion of accredited programs and fellowships with rural and clinical training opportunities at the graduate level. The purpose of the program is to increase access to quality healthcare by increasing the number of physicians practicing in rural and underserved areas of the State.

Priority medical specialties (funding is not limited to these areas):  

  •  Family medicine
  •  General internal medicine
  •  General surgery
  •  Pediatrics
  •  Psychiatry

Grant funds shall be used to assist hospitals in procuring infrastructure and increasing case volume to the extent necessary to develop these programs with a substantial number of rural training experiences. For purposes of this RFA, rural is defined as any hospital not located in a designated “1st class” city. (For definitions, see Additional Eligibility below.)

Funds may also be used to develop Fellowships and Alternative Tracks, such as Rural Training Tracks and less formal rural tracks. An Alternative Track is an existing, accredited GME program in a targeted specialty that seeks to add or expand rural training experiences; it may include the addition of new resident positions.

Program Type:

  • The applicant has initiated planning for a new GME program in an eligible specialty that will meet accreditation requirements by the end of the three-year grant period. The proposed new program must include a minimum of eight weeks of clinical training in a rural setting over the course of the residency and prioritize graduate medical students with ties to Wisconsin. 
  • The applicant has initiated plans to develop and add a new track to an existing accredited eligible GME program that will include a substantial number of new rural clinical training experiences. 
  • The applicant has initiated plans to develop and add a fellowship to an existing accredited eligible GME program that will include a substantial number of rural clinical training experiences. The fellowship must be accredited. 

For a list of Allowable Costs, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159982

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant Amount: $750,000 maximum per grantee

Term of Contract:

Up to 3 years, dependent on proposal

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are rural hospitals or a group of rural hospitals (i.e. not located in a city designated as a "first class" city) and other health care organizations that meet the following criteria:
1.Targeted Specialty: Applicants shall select from the priority list below or identify another medical specialty, such as geriatrics, dermatology, and orthopedic surgery:
- family medicine
- general internal medicine
- general surgery
- pediatrics
- psychiatry
2. If the specialty is not on the priority list (above), the applicant shall provide evidence of the need for the specialty in the rural area. Documentation should include, but is not limited to:
- Number of miles or driving time to a physician in the proposed specialty
- General ‘wait time’ for appointments to see a physician in the proposed specialty
- Estimated number of physicians in the proposed specialty within 100 miles
- Estimated number of patients per year who need/could benefit from treatment by physicians in the proposed specialty
- Rural Hospital or Group of Rural Hospitals are defined as hospitals that are not located in a 1st class city; priority for funding will be given to hospitals located in rural areas that are jointly sponsoring a new or expanded GME program in an eligible specialty; the group may include an academic partner or sponsoring institution (medical school, university or health system).
- Rural is defined as areas that meet the definitions from the Wisconsin Area Health Education Center System, including:
1. R1 – rural area with no population center greater than 2,500
2. R2 – rural area with population center between 2,500 – 9,999
3. R3 – rural area with population center between 10,000 – 49,999

For Unallowable Costs, see

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by April 16, 2021, at 12:00 PM.

- March 1, 2021: Application released
- March 10, 2021: Questions due by 12:00 noon CT
- March 17, 2021: FAQs posted to the DHS website
- April 16, 2021: Applications due by 12:00 noon
- June 4, 2021: Notification of awards
- July 1, 2021: Agreement start date.

The DHS New GME Program Grant requires the grantee to provide matching funds of a minimum of 50 percent.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Direct questions to Donna Wong at the email address above or call (608)213-2064.

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