State Funding of Academic Medical Centers in Texas

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Abstract of Journal Article -- August 2002

Symposium on Medical Education   

By Kern Wildenthal, MD, PhD, and Robert Youde, MPA

Texas' financial support of its academic medical centers improved dramatically during the 20th century. With improved state financial commitments, which grew especially between 1963 and 1985, the quality and scope of medical education, research, and patient care have risen equally dramatically. State funding levels currently are reasonably adequate for the education of enrolled pre-degree medical students but are inadequate for the education of clinical residents. Overall funding levels have not grown relative to inflation since 1985. Traditional non-state sources of funds for GME are decreasing significantly, and increases in state support will be necessary to maintain and expand the training of the residents who will be Texas' physicians of the future.

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