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  • Legislative Hotline: Governor Signs Bill Creating New Medical School

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    Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 826 by Rep. John Zerwas, MD (R-Richmond), which creates the University of Houston College of Medicine, into law Thursday, after it was unanimously approved by the Senate. The new medical school, which will be the 13th in Texas, will welcome its inaugural class in the fall of 2020.

    All of This and More
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  • Texas Tech School Of Medicine Agrees To Drop Race As Admission Consideration

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    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.

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  • The Making of a Med School

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    Think of the nation’s 186 medical schools as a club that just about every institution of higher learning wants to join.

    Getting Off the Ground  
  • Legislative Hotline: GME Must Keep Up With Med School Growth

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    Texas physicians are pushing lawmakers on the importance of ensuring enough residency slots exist to train doctors who study in Texas and of preventing gun violence.

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  • Each Physician Generates $2.4 Million For Hospitals, Survey Shows

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    As the number of hospital-employed physicians continues to rise in the United States, a new survey shows physicians are major drivers of revenue for those facilities.

    More About the Survey  
  • Hotline Video: TMA Leader Calls For More GME Funds

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    In the Capitol this week, Lubbock internist Cynthia Jumper, MD, urged budget-writing lawmakers to adequately fund graduate medical education so Texas won’t lose ground in physicians per capita.

    Under the Dome  
  • Rural Residencies

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    Texas' rural physician shortage is part of a larger nationwide shortage. Creating residencies in rural places is considered one of the best ways to get young physicians interested in rural practice and keep them there.

    Read the Education story in Texas Medicine.

    Getting Physicians to Rural Texas  
  • More Residents Choosing the Specialty Could Mean Good News for Statewide Shortage

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    “It’s very much a buyer’s market for psychiatry residency graduates." More incoming residents are now choosing psychiatry. A record 1,556 U.S. positions were offered this year, including 93 in Texas. Is this good news for the beleaguered specialty?

    Is Psychiatry Cool Again?  
  • On a Medical Mission

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    For Ali Sawani, attending the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) School of Osteopathic Medicine was a leap of faith.

    Physician Shortage Prompts
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  • Higher Education Board OKs New Medical Schools in Fort Worth and Houston

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    The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the joint Texas Christian University and University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine, expected to open in 2019. The board also OK'd the University of Houston's proposed allopathic school for a planned 2020 opening.

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  • Advanced Education?

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    A lack of standardization on APRN clinical training has the Texas Medical Association pushing the state to take a closer look.

    Read the Legislative Affairs story in Texas Medicine.

    Seeking Standardization on APRN Clinical Training  
  • New Law Means More Pediatricians for Texas

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    Children's health got a big boost recently when the U.S. Congress passed House Resolution 5385, which extends the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Program for five years.

    Filling a Critical Role  
  • Unmatched Talent

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    TMA's physician leaders aren't ready for alternative licensing path for unmatched medical graduates. "The issue is not the need for a separate licensure path. The issue is residency spots, and we need to remain focused on this.”

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  • Texas Medicine Investigation Exposes Threats to Texas’ Ban on Corporate Practice of Medicine

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    An Austin physician group, one of the city’s largest hospital systems, and an outside hiring firm are engaged in a tug of war that pits corporate finances against the physicians’ view of what’s best for their patients, a three-month investigation by Texas Medicine magazine found.

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  • Partnership to Create 500 Residencies

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    When Texas Christian University (TCU) and the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) announced they would establish an allopathic medical school in Fort Worth in 2019, one of the biggest concerns focused on new residencies. Without more residency slots, all those new medical students would be graduating into a state that already has too few residency positions to train new physicians.

    Investing In Texas Medicine  
  • Women Outnumber Men in Texas Med Schools’ Class of 2021

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    For the first time in 14 years, more women than men enrolled in Texas’ medical schools in fall 2017, an increase that reflects first-year enrollment figures nationwide.

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  • Does Texas Need More Medical Schools?

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    By 2020, Texas will be opening three new medical schools. Will there be enough residency positions for all the new students

    Class Half Full?
  • Staggering Student Debt Is Shaping How the Newest Physicians Approach Medicine

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    Education debt is a growing problem that heavily influences which students choose the medical field and discourages many low-income and minority students.

    Borrowing Trouble?  
  • What could a TMA membership mean for you, your practice, and your patients?

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    Can Texas' Physicians Be as Diverse as Texas?

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    The United States and Texas have a chronic shortage of doctors, but the shortage of minority physicians is even more acute. To address this, and the health disparities that come with it, Texas medical schools are working to increase minority enrollment, but challenges remain.

    How to Expand the Pipeline
  • Investing in Education

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    During the 85th legislative session, Texas lawmakers helped pave the way for two possible new medical schools, while ensuring that graduates have more options for residency positions.

    Legislators Back More Doctors for Texas  
  • Fulfilling a Dream

     
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    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.

    Long Time Coming  
  • Shifting the Limits

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    A recent study shows 2003 rules preventing residents from working long shifts did not translate to greater risk among general surgery residents' patients.

    Effects of Duty Hours  
  • A New Path to Primary Care

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    The University of North Texas Health Science Center, Midland College, and Midland Memorial Hospital have joined forces to create an innovative model that links a community college, a medical school and a teaching hospital to prepare future doctors for this part of Texas. Read about the Permian Basin’s new Primary Care Pathway.

    Innovative Ways to Chip Away at Physician Shortages  
  • Furthering Medical Education in Texas 

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    Medical education is reinventing itself to keep pace with the changes in health care delivery. 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.

    Symposium on Medical Education  
  • TMA Forum Promotes Graduate Medical Education Expansion

     
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    To promote awareness of the hard work by Texas legislators to provide grant funding to expand graduate medical education in the state in 2016 and 2017, TMA initiated a forum for hospitals, medical schools, and other entities. Read about why TMA, the Texas Hospital Association, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and Teaching Hospitals of Texas joined forces for this endeavor.

    Seizing Opportunity