What is DHHS financial program?

A Federal Health and Human Services department is charged with the funding and support of medical education, research, training programs, and programs for the provision of public health services through grants and contracts for Medicare, Medicaid, and other Federal health programs. DHHS administers the Medicare supplemental health benefit program (MHBP) and the State long-term care insurance (SLICO) programs, as well as the Medicaid program. Since FY 2003, DHHS has funded the National Cancer Institute-National Human Genome Research Institute at NCI (NCI-NCRB) program, the National Cancer Institute-National Human Genome Research Institute at NCI (NCI-NCRB) program, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences – National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH (N/HGI), the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), among other Federal programs. DHHS provides the following funding for medical education: Grants and contracts to encourage the development of national educational programs, the coordination of medical education and training programs among Federal agencies, the development of medical education and training programs for health professionals, and other activities.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institutes (NIH) also provide research support for clinical trials and other health care services activities. For more information about supporting research, visit

What are the basic medical training requirements for medical students?

Basic medical training for medical students is designed to prepare all eligible students for a career working in the United States, including the development of the knowledge needed to effectively practice the practice of medicine. Medical school requirements for medical school admission applicants is the same regardless of specialty. Medical schools require that all applicants for medical school must have completed a minimum of two years of post-baccalaureate medical school coursework with a minimum of 10 credits from the following: General medicine (i.e., General Practitioner and Clinical Specialties), family medicine, neurology, obstetrics/gynecology, psychiatry, nursing, orthopedics, pediatrics, podiatric medicine, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

For specific information about medical school requirements for the clinical specialties listed above, visit the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) websites: http