Need for Greater State Support of Graduate Medical Education: Graduate medical education (GME) capacity in the state is not keeping pace with medical school enrollments. To sustain the needed growth in the state's physician supply, commensurate with the health care needs of the population, TMA supports the following in reference to the 2016-17 state budget:
An increase in GME capacity to achieve the target goal of 1.1 entry-level GME positions for each Texas medical school graduate;
Legislative efforts to provide additional state monies for GME expansions;
Continued state support for residency positions for the duration of training;
Continued monitoring and reporting by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on the GME capacity in the state in comparison to medical school enrollments; and
Funding to Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to provide the needed administrative support for successfully implementing the GME expansion programs in a timely manner.
Continued efforts are needed to increase the number of primary care physicians and psychiatrists in the state. The Texas Medical Association supports the following funding recommendations for the 2016-17 state budget:
An increase in funding for the Family Medicine Residency Program, as recommended by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board;
Funding to Texas Department of State Health Services for development of new community-based psychiatry residency track positions; and
Revitalization of the Statewide Primary Care Preceptorship Program, with adequate funding to foster an increased interest in primary care among medical students and reestablish this primary care physician pipeline program (CME Rep. 4-A-15).
Last Updated On
October 07, 2016