The Valley Consortium for Medical Education is getting a grant of more than $900,000 to continue training new doctors and nurses in the Central Valley.

The grant of $939,906 comes from the Department of Health & Human Services for their Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program. The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program supports primary care medical and dental residency programs.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of a robust public health workforce to keep Americans safe and healthy, especially in communities that have experienced long-standing health disparities,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. “This investment is part of our ongoing efforts to address health workforce needs in rural and underserved communities. As we build a healthier nation, we will continue to promote health equity and strengthen rural health.”

The Valley Consortium for Medical Education was founded in 2009 as a non-profit, community benefit organization to create and foster graduate and undergraduate medical education in the Central Valley. 

VCME currently has participation from major health care organizations in Stanislaus County, and has affiliations with the University of California, Davis School of Medicine and the Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. The Consortium members together represent over 800 acute care hospital beds, more than 150,000 emergency room visits, 24,000 major surgical cases and over 50,000 admissions annually. The training sites combine high-quality faculty with high-technology settings to deliver first class training experiences for residents and medical students. Community-based teaching keeps the training practical, relevant and real world for graduates to quickly assimilate into diverse community settings throughout California’s Central Valley.

“The best way to deliver more doctors and nurses to our community is to train them right here in the Valley. That’s why I’m excited to announce we’ve secured another $939,906 for the Valley Consortium for Medical Education for a total of more than $2 million in the last six months,” said Rep. Josh Harder, who helped secure this grant and a previous one for $1.18 million in August 2021. “Our Valley families have to wait way too long for health appointments, and this is a great step forward. The health care disparities between the Valley and richer areas like the Bay is completely unacceptable – I won’t stop fighting until our families have the resources they need to stay healthy.”