Teaching hospitals say they need $9 billion, or Obamacare will fail...
The United States is in the midst of a medical education building campaign. Texas is among the leaders, with plans to increase enrollments to the nationally recommended 30-percent growth level by 2015. Texas is setting records in the number of medical school graduates, reaching 1,458 in 2011, a net gain of 80 (6 percent) from the preceding year. The number of graduates is forecasted to peak at more than 1,700 this decade.
Texas needs continued and stable state support for both critical parts of a physician’s education and training to help cultivate future generations of Texas physicians, ensuring stable access to health care for all Texans.
In 2011, almost half (48 percent) of Texas medical school graduates left the state for residency training.Texas invests almost $200,000 in a medical student’s four years of education. Texas physicians are concerned about the state’s ability to protect that growing investment with enough graduate medical education (GME) positions to meet demand. For 2011, the annual National Resident Matching Program offered 1,476 entry-level GME positions in Texas. By comparison, 1,445 students graduated from Texas medical schools in 2011. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recommends a ratio of 1.1 entry-level GME positions for each Texas medical school graduate. To meet this goal, Texas would have needed 1,590 entry-level training positions in 2011, or 114 additional positions.