It's Academic: April 2013

  •   2013 Match Sets Record, AAMC Still Concerned  
  • Texas Schools to Help Change Education  
  • Lawmakers Restart Medical Education Caucus  
  • Bill Would Change Conrad 30 Program  
  • El Paso's Foster School of Medicine Gets Accreditation  
  • Poster Session on Quality at TexMed  
  • Legislative News Delivered to Your Inbox  
  • Join or Renew TMA Today: We Could Use Your Help!
  • New-to-Texas Physicians Can Start Here  
  • This Month In Texas Medicine  
  • 2013 Match Sets Record, AAMC Still Concerned  

    Although the 2013 March Day in March set a record, Association of American Medical Colleges AAMC President and Chief Executive Officer Darrell G. Kirch, MD, says the association is troubled by reports about significant numbers of highly qualified U.S. medical school graduates who did not match to residency training positions. He said the results prove the need for more federal support for graduate medical education.

    According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, 1,097 graduates were unmatched this year, up from 850 last year.

    The 2013 match had the largest number of participants in history, more than 40,000, and the highest number of positions offered, 29,171, up 2,399 from 2012.

    Other statistics of note:

    • U.S. medical school seniors numbered 16,390 of the 25,463 applicants who matched to first-year residency positions.
    • Of those who matched, 78.8 percent of matched to one of their top three choice programs.
    • More than half of U.S. seniors and almost half of independent applicants matched to their first choice.
    • 2,677 students were graduates of osteopathic schools, 317 more than 2012.
    • 5,095 U.S. citizen students/graduates were from international medical schools ― 816 above 2012 and 1,700 more over five years.
    • 7,568 were non-U.S. citizen students/graduates of international medical schools ― 740 more than 2012.
    • Almost 400 more U.S. seniors matched to primary care specialties than the prior year, with more than 95 percent of family medicine positions filled.

    Watch future issue of It’s Academic for Texas-specific Match statistics.

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    Texas Schools to Help Change Education  

    Baylor College of Medicine, the Texas A&M University College of Medicine, and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine are among medical schools nationwide that the American Medical Association selected to move forward in its $10 million Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative to transform the training of future physicians.

    “More than 80 percent of U.S. medical schools submitted brief letters of intent outlining their ideas to redesign medical education ― an outstanding response that demonstrates medical schools are ready and willing to implement bold, transformative, and innovative ideas,” said AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD.

    Of the 141 eligible medical schools, 119 submitted letters of intent outlining their proposals in February 2013. Using multiple reviewers with medical education expertise and standardized criteria, AMA chose applications from 28 individual schools and three collaborative groups of schools to submit full proposals. The schools must submit their full proposals by May 15. AMA, with the help of a national advisory panel, will select eight to 10 grant awardees at the AMA’s policymaking meeting in June.

    The initiative will provide $10 million to fund the educational innovations envisioned by the grant awardees, which will shape the way we train future physicians.

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    Lawmakers Restart Medical Education Caucus  

    Reps. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) and Phil Roe, MD (R-Tenn.), re-launched the Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus, a bipartisan group formed to promote excellence in medical education and ensure adequate training opportunities for the next generation of physicians.

    The representatives called the caucus “a forum for members to engage in a constructive dialogue about the challenges and opportunities surrounding graduate medical education in the United States.”

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    Bill Would Change Conrad 30 Program  

    Four senators filed legislation in March to expand and revise the Conrad 30 visa program. The bill, the Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Act by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), changes H-1b visa and green card requirements. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), American Medical Association, and American Hospital Association support the bill.

    The Conrad program allows states to request up to 30 J-1 visa waivers per year to allow international medical graduates who participated in U.S. residency training programs under J-1 visas (educational exchange visas) to remain in the state to practice in underserved areas. Without the waiver, the physicians would have to return to their home countries and wait two years before applying for immigration to the United States through routine channels.

    The bill removes the current sunset date for the Conrad 30 program of Sept. 30, 2015. It would change the employment requirements for physicians, providing for more flexibility.

    The Texas Department of State Health Services administers the Texas Conrad 30 program.

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    El Paso's Foster School of Medicine Gets Accreditation  

    The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine received full accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education for eight years.

    “It has been an arduous task moving the accreditation process to a successful outcome, but well worth it. The rewards can be seen everywhere,” said Jose Manuel de la Rosa, MD, the school’s founding dean and vice president for Health Affairs. “It is because of a team effort that our students, our city, and the world now have the only fully accredited, four-year medical school on the U.S./Mexico border. We thank the El Paso community for helping make us what we are today — a symbol of their hope and pride in our community.”

    The accreditation approval process for the school began in 2008 when it received provisional accreditation that allowed it to begin recruiting students for its inaugural class of 40 students. That class will graduate in May 2013.

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    Poster Session on Quality at TexMed  

    TMA’s first Quality Poster Session will take place at TexMed 2013 in San Antonio. Physicians will have the chance to share their successes and breakthroughs in improving patient care with their peers from around the state.

    This will be a great opportunity for physicians to not only report on their quality improvement methods and best practices, but also to gain inspiration from their colleagues’ approaches to providing quality patient care, and to identify new quality improvement techniques to take back and implement in their own practices.

    Have a quality improvement success you want to present? It’s not too late to submit your poster. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at midnight CST. Creatively and visually depict something special that you are doing in your practice that demonstrates one or more of the six aspects of Quality Care as defined by the Institute of Medicine:

    1. Safe: Avoids injuries to patients from care that is intended to help them.
    2. Timely: Reduces waits and delays for both those who receive care and those who give care.
    3. Effective: Based on scientific knowledge, extended to all likely to benefit while avoiding underuse and overuse.
    4. Equitable: Provides consistent quality, without regard to personal characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and socioeconomic status.
    5. Efficient: Avoids waste, including waste of equipment, supplies, ideas, and energy.
    6. Patient-centered: Respects and responds to individual patient preferences, needs, and values, ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.

    TMA and TMF Health Quality Institute will host an official presentation from 8 to 9 am on Saturday, May 18, where the poster authors will have the opportunity to talk about their creations to talk about their creations, and attendees can earn up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. The posters will then be on display for viewing throughout the rest of the day.

    Share your successes, improve the quality of health care in Texas, and support your colleagues. Visit the TexMed Quality Poster Session page for more information or to download an application packet.

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    TexMed 2013 Remembers the Patient  

    With the increasing complexities of modern technology, coupled with the spiraling labyrinth of rules and regulations, physicians can find themselves scattered to the edge of distraction. TMA is working to help physicians remain focused on the mission of medicine … the patient.

    Join us for TexMed 2013 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio and Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center May 17-18 as we remember the patient.

    You can register online. April 23 is the deadline to make a hotel reservation and pay the special rate of $199 single/double.

    For more information, contact TMA Knowledge Center at (800) 880-7955 or

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    Legislative News Delivered to Your Inbox  

    Don’t miss the action under the Capitol dome in this year’s legislative session. Sign up for TMA Legislative News Hotline.

    The e-newsletter reports the legislature’s latest actions on bills affecting you, your practice, and your patients. A weekly recap, delivered each Friday, also is available.

    This year, the hotline also brings you weekly video updates from TMA lobbyists, health care experts, and even state legislators. Don’t miss out. Subscribe today.

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    Join or Renew TMA Today: We Could Use Your Help!  

    You serve as a necessary and important member and representative of the medical profession. That’s why your membership in TMA is imperative. Only with grassroots support can we make sure Texas remains a premier state in the education of future physicians, research, and quality patient care.

    TMA has been a longtime advocate for academic faculty and medical schools, monitoring legislation, determining the potential impact to patients, and actively lobbying for your interests.

    Join or renew today at and see what a difference TMA membership can make. Within your department and/or academic institution, funds may be available to cover the cost of your membership. Please check with your department administrator or chair to see if applicable.

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    New-to-Texas Physicians Can Start Here  

    Are you a physician who is new to Texas? Have you recruited a physician for your school, your practice, or your community from out of state?

    TMA's New to Texas Resource Page can help new or returning Texans get their practices up and running. The page provides links that doctors need to obtain a Texas license, plus contact information for relevant state and federal agencies, and links to resources such as practice consulting for set-ups, health insurance plan contacts, and employee salary data.

    TMA members can email the TMA Knowledge Center or call (800) 880-7955 for fast answers to questions about membership, TMA member benefits and services, practice management or legal information, and more.

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    This Month in Texas Medicine  

    The April issue of Texas Medicine explains why state and federal authorities are cracking down on pain management clinics and gives you information you need before buying, serving as medical director, or joining any medical practice. It also outlines TMA’s recommendations for improving Medicaid, tells you why TMA backs bills against distracted driving, details why it’s necessary to plan for what happens to your practice and your patients if you die unexpectedly, and gives you insight on how quality measures are developed.

    It's Academic is for physicians in academic settings. For more information about TMA’s efforts on behalf of medical education and academic physicians, visit the TMA Council on Medical Education’s Subcommittee for Academic Physicians page on the TMA website.

    Please share with your colleagues who are not TMA members and ask them to join.

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