TCOM is again Texas’ top source for family medicine physicians

December 12, 2018

By Alex Branch

Tafp Web

Frank Filipetto, DO, and Janet Hurley, MD

The UNT Health Science Center’s osteopathic medical school was the only medical school in Texas to place at least 25 percent of 2018 graduates in family medicine.

It’s the latest example of the program’s leadership in reducing the state’s shortage of primary care physicians.

The Texas Academy of Family Physicians honored the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) for the achievement at the organization’s annual meeting in November.

Family Medicine

Learn more about the UNTHSC Family Medicine Program.

It was the 20thyear TCOM received the honor, which the academy created in 1993 to encourage medical schools to increase the number of graduates entering family medicine residencies.

“Our program’s achievement in family medicine demonstrates its great value to Fort Worth, North Texas and the state of Texas,” said Frank Filipetto, DO, Interim Dean of TCOM. “Our graduates are the doctors who are providing front-line medical care in our community for our families and friends, and they have been for many years.”

The shortage of primary care physicians is a growing problem in Texas. A recent study from the Association of American Medical Colleges found that when it comes to primary care, Texas ranks 47th out of the 50 states for having an adequate number of primary care physicians.

TCOM opened in 1970. Educating with a mindset of innovation, the school excels through a unique curriculum, cutting-edge research, and outstanding student performance in classrooms and clinics. It has been recognized as one of the top medical schools for primary care by U.S. News & World Report.

TCOM recruits students from underserved communities and emphasizes altruism and commitment to community service, traits that may make one well suited to primary care, Dr. Filipetto said. Also, many talented primary care physicians serve as mentors and facilitators for TCOM students, inspiring some to enter primary care as well.

“Our success in family medicine demonstrates the commitment of our students, staff and faculty in creating solutions for a healthier community,” Dr. Filipetto said. “We are very proud of this recognition.”

Walters Fc
UNTHSC public health researcher to lead national opioid crisis steering committee

By Sally Crocker Scott Walters, PhD, Regents Professor and Chair of Health Behavior and Health Systems at the UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health, has been named Steering Committee Chair of an aggressive, trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid ...Read more

Jul 16, 2019

Tcom Fc
TCOM students spend the day giving back

By Steven Bartolotta   The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Class of 2023 got their chance to lend a helping hand to the Fort Worth community as 236 medical students fanned out all across Fort Worth for a Day of Service. The TCOM students divided into groups and spent the afte...Read more

Jul 12, 2019

Sparks Fc
A medical student travels an unconventional road to TCOM

By Steve Bartolotta   A fresh wave of new medical students arrived at UNT Health Science Center this week, all from a variety of different backgrounds and traveling on different paths. One of new faces belongs to Clarence Sparks, 36, a one-time college dropout who enters the Texas Col...Read more

Jul 11, 2019

Ns Fc
Williams urges TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine students to reclaim human element in health care

By Alex Branch   The human element of the doctor-patient relationship is too often taken for granted in modern health care, UNT Health Science Center President Dr. Michael R. Williams told the inaugural class of Fort Worth’s new medical school. For example, a chief complaint among em...Read more

Jul 10, 2019