Six students from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health AMA Medical Student Section met with U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) at his Madison office Sept. 4. The students who met with Rep. Pocan were Colin Kennedy, Brian Ebby, Will Jacoby, Ryan Denu, Mazdak Bradberry and Alex Rezazadeh.
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (center). The students include (from left) Colin Kennedy, Brian Ebby, Will Jacoby, Ryan Denu, Mazdak Bradberry and Alex Rezazadeh. (Photo credit: Mazdak Bradberry)The congressman agreed to support legislation introduced this past year that would make additional funding available for residency programs, especially those training primary care physicians at public and nonprofit hospitals in states with fewer than 25 medical residents per 100,000 citizens.
The group also discussed the potential for renewed Congressional efforts to repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for Medicare physician compensation, and the students expressed their appreciation to Rep. Pocan for introducing the Next Generation Research Act. The legislation seeks to modernize National Institutes of Health (NIH) policy by promoting diversity and mentorship, as well as improving access to NIH funding among young scientists.
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