While we share the common goal of achieving excellence in medical education, research and patient care, we also often compete for the state’s and the country’s best students, faculty and staff.
Make sure enough physicians and other health care professionals are working in all parts of Texas.
Imagine life without access to a physician, for yourself, your aging parent, or your child. Without access to a physician, life-enhancing and lifesaving medical care is virtually impossible. Physicians are the nucleus of the formula needed to achieve the vision of the Texas Medical Association: To improve the health of all Texans. Access to health care depends on the availability of physicians with the skills to match the needs of the state’s population.
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 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.