With a shortage of doctors in the U.S. already and millions of new patients set to gain coverage under President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, American medical schools are struggling to close the gap.
TMA supports:Preserve and protect state support for undergraduate medical education and the cultivation of the future generation of Texas physicians, thus ensuring stable access to health care for all Texans. Support and develop new GME programs in the specialties that best reflect the state’s health care needs. Support incentives for hospitals and other community-based agencies to develop residency programs in the specialties most needed. Direct the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to coordinate the availability of graduate medical education training positions so that Texas can retain our graduates for residency training. Sponsor research to identify and promote innovations in training primary care residents for practice in Texas, and to address the factors that influence why few U.S. medical school graduates select this training.