Maximizing Match Rates for Candidates to U.S. Residency Programs: The Texas Medical Association:
- Should continue to set as a priority advocating for graduate medical education (GME) capacity that maintains the state’s goal of 1.1 to 1 for the ratio of entry-level GME positions per Texas medical school graduate.
- Supports data collection and projections by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board that monitor and project the state’s aggregate GME needs for graduates of existing and new medical schools. The outcomes should continue to be provided to state policymakers and medical school leadership.
- Supports activities by Texas medical schools to reduce the number of graduates who do not match. This includes periodic assessments of the processes used for advising and counseling medical students in developing their strategic plans for participation in the match, as well as back-up plans, which should be strongly encouraged for students with lower academic performance.
- Through its Council on Medical Education, will look for opportunities to promote additional research on match outcomes, including statistical analysis and reporting of final match outcomes.
- Should continue to serve as a convener of the state’s medical school leadership in efforts to maximize match outcomes for every Texas medical school graduate and reduce the number who do not match. This activity should include:
- Collecting statistical information on annual match outcomes for the state’s medical school graduates and tracking the annual aggregate number of graduates who:
- Match only to preliminary positions without a corresponding categorical residency position.
- Secure a training position after reapplication in the second year following medical school graduation, or
- Do not match in the second year following graduation; and
- Collaborating with medical schools to identify effective methods for achieving high match rates and monitoring career outcomes for Texas medical school graduates who fail to match.
- Supports effective financial planning resources for medical students.
- Medical schools are encouraged to carefully consider the potential for high tuition rates that result in high education-related debt for graduates.
- There should be adequate funding for loan repayment programs such as the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, the state Physician Education Loan Repayment Program, and state Loan Repayment Program for Mental Health Professionals, which includes psychiatrists.
- Repayment amounts for these programs need to correlate to rising levels of physician loan obligations (CME Rep. 6-A-19).
Last Updated On
June 20, 2019