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Bringing into focus a clear and distinct view of the rest of this decade in Texas health care. Offering a sharp perception of what lies ahead and what we must change to keep us all healthy.
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A Looming U.S. Doctor Shortage

A Looming U.S. Doctor Shortage | Healthy Vision 2020 | Scoop.it

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.


 

 

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Doctor Shortage May Swell to 130,000 With Cap on Residency Positions

Doctor Shortage May Swell to 130,000 With Cap on Residency Positions | Healthy Vision 2020 | Scoop.it

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.

 

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