TCOM again leads Texas in producing primary care doctors
By Alex Branch
The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine is leading efforts to solve the state’s physician shortage by graduating the most primary care doctors of any medical school in Texas, according to new rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News and World Report.
The UNT Health Science Center medical school was among those ranked nationally for primary care in the magazine’s 2020 edition of Best Graduate Schools.
From 2016-18, 60 percent of TCOM graduates entered the field of primary care, according to the rankings. That rated the highest in Texas and 8th highest on the list of 125 medical schools nationally.
The shortage of primary care physicians in Texas is expected to increase from 2,002 full-time equivalents in 2017 to 3,375 by 2030, an increase of 67 percent, according to a July 2018 report by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
“It’s certainly rewarding to know that TCOM remains a national and state leader in producing primary care providers and meeting our purpose and mission in osteopathic medicine,” said Frank Filipetto, DO, TCOM Dean. “It remains a true reflection of the remarkable mentors we have at our university.”
TCOM was recently honored by the Texas Academy of Family Physicians as the only medical school in Texas to place at least 25 percent of 2018 graduates in family medicine. It was the 20th year TCOM received the honor, which the academy created in 1993 to encourage medical schools to increase the number of graduates entering family medicine residencies.