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Grants to help Texas retain doctors
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is among seven Texas hospitals that have been awarded $3.25 million in grants from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to finance established and approved residency positions that have been unfilled because of lack of funding. Twenty-five first-year residency positions in primary care, anesthesiology, and psychiatry will be funded at $65,000 per year for two years.
Grant funds are part of $50 million appropriated by the 83rd Texas Legislature to boost funding for graduate medical education in Texas and increase access to physicians in underserved areas.
These funds are much needed to address the state’s serious physician shortage that creates access difficulties for residents across the state. Texas has the fastest growing population in the nation but a lower-than-average physician to population ratio. Among the most severe shortages are those for primary care physicians, endocrinologists, psychiatrists, geriatricians, and pediatric subspecialists.
Eighty percent of Texas medical school graduates who complete their residencies in Texas stay here to practice medicine.
Grant recipients include:
•Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth
•Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Foster School of Medicine
•University of North Texas Health Science Center
•University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
•University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
•University of Texas Medical Branch
•University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas.
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