Published: May 31, 2018
Let’s start with a few hard facts about healthcare in Texas:
- Right now, Texas ranks 41st in the nation in physicians per capita and 47th in primary care physicians.
- Less than 2 percent of the state’s residency programs are here in Fort Worth.
- By 2021, Texas is on track to have 185 more medical school graduates than residency positions.
These are serious problems demanding innovative solutions. And with your help, UNTHSC is proving itself up to the challenge of solving them.
Through the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, we already graduate more primary care physicians than any other medical school in the state. And this month, we made a joint announcement about a significant public-private partnership among UNTHSC, Texas Christian University and Medical City Healthcare that will ensure more Texas medical school graduates stay here at home.
Medical City has pledged to create 500 new residency slots across its 14 DFW-area hospitals over the next seven years. UNTHSC is the academic sponsor of those residencies, through TCOM and the planned TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine, which, pending accreditation, will open in 2019.
This move will help address our state’s physician shortage and improve healthcare in North Texas. This is the first of several similar agreements we are working on with other healthcare systems that will create new residency positions and bring more doctors to North Texas.
Additionally, a separate agreement with Medical City will create new clinical training opportunities in their network of hospitals and clinics for all UNTHSC students, including those enrolled in the College of Pharmacy and the School of Health Professions. This will expose more of our students to local training opportunities, and expose future employers to more of our students. It’s the definition of win-win.
Our plans with Medical City are resonating in the community. State lawmakers are praising it. Physicians, healthcare leaders and students are responding with unqualified support. It’s exciting to have UNTHSC at the center of these conversations.
When we talk around here about creating solutions for a healthier community, or defining and producing the providers of the future, this is what we are talking about. We’re tackling the physician shortage, keeping more doctors in Texas, attracting new ones to the state and creating better opportunities for UNTHSC students – all at the same time.
It takes Extraordinary Teamwork from you and our community partners to make this happen. Thank you for all you do for UNTHSC.
My best always,
Dr. Michael R. Williams