Office of the President

President’s Message

Posted Date: May 29, 2019


UNTHSC is successful in our mission to create solutions for a healthier community because of our willingness to take on the most pressing health problems in Texas.

Through a growing mindset of innovation and Extraordinary Teamwork, we’re building a reputation as a team that can be trusted to make a real difference in people’s lives.

This was reflected in the 2019 Texas Legislature, which ended Monday. State leaders invested in UNTHSC on key issues ranging from preventing human trafficking to expanding children’s access to mental health services — and made several other decisions that impact us all.

Some highlights of biennium funding:

  • Formula funding: UNTHSC received a $2.5 million increase in formula funding, primarily a result of increased student attendance and research efforts.
  • Human trafficking. Bruce Budowle and the UNT Center for Human Identification will receive $10 million to enhance the Center’s missing person identification capacity, pursue novel technologies and train and educate scientists and health care professionals across the state to identify and assist individuals vulnerable to trafficking.
  • Sexual assault kit backlog. The Center for Human Identification will receive $5 million to expand its capacity to process sexual assault evidence kits and train more forensic professionals to help give more victims the justice they deserve.
  • The Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium. The consortium, created as a result of the Santa Fe school shooting, will award $100 million in research grants and expand children’s access to psychiatrists. UNTHSC is a member of this new group.
  • Graduate Medical Education. The Legislature approved a $60 million increase in graduate medical education grant funding to create more in-state residency slots and keep up with growing number of Texas medical school graduates. Maintaining this balance is critical to keeping physicians in Texas and reducing the primary care physician shortage.
  • Art Eisenberg Memorial Resolution. At our request, the Texas House passed a resolution memorializing Dr. Eisenberg, a pioneer in the field of forensic genetics who worked at UNTHSC from 1989 until 2017. We cherish his service and friendship.

Together, we’ll approach these opportunities with a spirit of collaboration and ingenuity.

UNTHSC cannot allow a mentality of relying on increased state funding to fuel growth. To become truly financially strong, we must continue to diversify our revenue streams, invest in our people and cultivate a spirit of entrepreneurship in this rapidly shifting health care and higher education environment.

Posted Date: May 31, 2018
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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
UNTHSC President

Posted Date: January 25, 2018
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