Residency

Texas lacking residency slots

Residency Program Insider, July 17, 2015

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With three new medical degree programs starting up in Texas by the fall of 2018, there is a growing concern that the state isn’t adding enough residency slots to meet future needs. The three new programs—the University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s School of Medicine, and a collaboration between UNT Health Science Center and Texas Christian University in Fort Worth—are expected to add 300 new medical students by 2022.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education recommends a 1.1:1 ratio of residency positions to graduates. For Texas to meet this ratio, the Texas Medical Association (TMA) estimates that nearly 600 additional residency slots are needed by 2022. During the last state legislative session, a senate bill that would allocate $60 million for GME funding passed unanimously. This would fund about 125 new residency positions, still falling short of the TMA’s estimated need.

Source: D Healthcare Daily



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