Medical Education

Playing the Long Game: Adrian Billings, MD, Deepens the Rural Physician Bench - 10/02/2021

Although medicine wasn’t his initial choice, Dr. Billings’ passion for his work is palpable and extends far beyond the exam room, especially when he’s training future rural physicians.


Training Up: COVID-19 Changed the Way Students, Residents Learn Medicine - 10/01/2021

COVID-19 dramatically changed the way Texas’ students and residents learn medicine.


TMA Minority Scholarships Help Address Diversity in Medicine, Health Disparities - 09/21/2021

Shared racial identity between physician and patient is one means of tackling health disparities. TMA’s Minority Scholarship Program (tmaloanfunds.com) helps ensure more Black, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American physicians can practice in neighborhoods where many residents share their racial identity.


New Scholarship Helps UT System Med Students Pursue Medical Careers - 07/19/2021

Nina Lemieux says getting chosen as a recipient of a new scholarship added to the Texas Medical Association’s cadre of programs is an incredible honor and source of encouragement as she moves forward in her medical education. The third-year student at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School is one of six Texas medical students to be the first recipients of the Krishna Memorial Scholarship, offered as part of TMA’s family of seven scholarship programs.


Systematic Learning: Health Systems Science Shapes Med Ed - 05/31/2021

For decades, Texas medical schools – like those across the U.S. – taught students with a laser-like focus on two aspects of medicine: basic science and clinical science. But in recent years, schools have expanded medical students’ horizons to take in a bigger picture.


Fulfilling a Dream - 05/26/2021

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has largely dispensed with lectures and focuses more on group learning and practical experience. This and other innovations dovetail with the school's focus on public health, which is vital in a region notorious for high poverty and chronic health problems.


Furthering Medical Education in Texas - 05/26/2021

Medical education in Texas is moving in the right direction. The Texas Medical Association has been a major partner in advancing medical education initiatives. This special symposium issue on medical education examines residency training costs, the Next Accreditation System, graduate medical education in rural Texas, Texas' physician workforce needs, the current state of education reform, and efforts to retain medical graduates in Texas.


Another Great Match: Most Texas Medical Graduates Matched With Residency Positions - 04/01/2021

Texas medical students have enjoyed some highly successful Match Weeks in recent years, but 2020 was the best since the Texas Medical Association Council of Medical School Deans began tracking match data in 2014.


A Class By Themselves: Texas’ Newest Med Schools Adjust to COVID-19 - 02/01/2021

Texas opened two new medical schools in July – the University of Houston College of Medicine in Houston and Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Conroe. Thanks to COVID-19, both opened under circumstances that would have seemed bizarre just a year ago.


A Perfect Match? COVID-19 Forces GME Programs, Med Students to Adjust Resident Selection Process - 09/21/2020

COVID-19 has forced GME programs and medical students to make last-minute adjustments in the resident selection process.


The Class of COVID-19: Texas Medical Students Struggle with Uncertainty - 07/10/2020

Texas medical students struggle to fight the pandemic in their own way while adjusting to a lot of uncertainty.


New Tyler Medical School Wins Approval - 03/04/2020

 The University of Texas Board of Regents late last month unanimously approved the first medical school in East Texas – and the 16th in the state – at The University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler.


Extreme Medicine: Students Learn to Improvise in Unusual Situations - 12/04/2019

UTMB medical students take part in a two-week extreme medicine program offered in August through UTMB’s preventive medicine residency department. The main thrust of the class was to help aspiring physicians learn how to cope in austere settings where most or all of the tools of modern medicine are unavailable


Dell Med’s “Growth Year”: Innovative Curriculum Hits Milepost - 09/04/2019

Dell Medical School turned students’ third year into a “growth year” in which they could pursue either an independent health care project or a dual degree. Here’s how three Dell Med students spent this past year.


Unlocking Doors: Minority Scholarship Program Connects Students with Mentors - 09/04/2019

When the Texas Medical Association founded its Minority Scholarship Program in 1998 to diversify the physician workforce, Dr. Ramamurthy became both a contributor and a mentor to students who receive the scholarships. “When you’re mentoring students, one of the things that you want them to understand is that you’re somebody they can talk to who is not only there as a teacher, but as a friend,” she said. Other top donors to the Minority Scholarship serve voluntarily as mentors to student awardees. TMA encourages those arrangements because they can benefit both parties.


The Making of a Med School - 08/02/2019

Building more medical schoos might seem like an obvious answer to the doctor shortage, especially because medical schools can bring other benefits to a community beyond producing physicians, including prestige, high-paying jobs, and improved health care services. But not everyone is a fan of the idea, and starting one from scratch is complicated. Some have struggled more than others to get established, mostly because of funding.


Inspiring Choices: Mentorship Can Boost African-American Representation in Medicine - 08/02/2019

African Americans are underrepresented in medicine. Mentorship can help them choose medical careers.


Education: Planning for Growth - 08/02/2019

Medical education made some gains in the 2019 legislative session, including the statutory approval of two new medical schools.


Relationship Between Intent to Vaccinate and the Education and Knowledge of Human Papillomavirus Among Medical School Faculty and Students in Texas - 07/29/2019

Little attention has been given to the state of human papillomavirus (HPV) education in medical schools and how this impacts future vaccination practices. We surveyed medical school faculty and students to assess the relationship between knowledge and willingness to recommend HPV vaccination.


Have Your Say on Medical Licensing Exam Changes - 07/19/2019

The U.S. Medical Licensing Exam has received a lot of attention in recent months, much of it controversial. You now have the opportunity to weigh in on proposed changes to how the exam is scored.


Texas Tech School Of Medicine Agrees To Drop Race As Admission Consideration - 04/12/2019

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine will stop considering race or ethnicity when selecting candidates for admission, part of an agreement with the U.S. Education Department’s civil rights office.


“Look to your past to know where you’re going” - 02/26/2019

Ailment-plagued childhood helped set medical student’s path.


On a Medical Mission: New Osteopathic Medical School Changes How Medicine is Taught While Helping San Antonio’s Poorest Communities - 02/05/2019

Incarnate Word’s osteopathic medical school is changing how medicine is taught while helping San Antonio’s poorest communities.


Summit Aims to Recruit Black Males for Medical School - 02/04/2019

African-American men are in short supply in U.S. medical schools. To help address the problem, Black Men In White Coats will hold a youth summit Saturday, Feb. 16 at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The objective: Mentor kids as young as 9 years old — boys and girls — who might be interested in medicine as a career.


You Can’t Care for Someone You Don’t Understand: Class Helps Med Students See Care From Patients’ View - 02/04/2019

Today’s medical students want to be prepared to provide the best patient care. More than ever, that means understanding not only how to provide quality care, but also the patient’s experience accessing that care. Students at UT Southwestern are addressing this deficiency in knowledge through an elective, Healthcare in Underserved Communities, offered to all UT Southwestern MD and physician assistant students in their first and second years of school.