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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2015
AUSTIN – The Texas House of Representatives today unanimously passed SB 18 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to address Texas' medical workforce needs by expanding graduate medical education.
"A strong health care workforce is key to a healthy Texas, and this bill will help ensure that Texas-trained doctors are able to finish their training and continue their careers in Texas," said Senator Nelson. "By working towards a goal of a 1.1 to 1 ratio of residency slots for medical school graduates, we will not only retain our own graduates, but also attract graduates from other states to help meet shortages in regions and critical specialties."
The bill, which was amended in the House, will grow our state's physician workforce, particularly in critical shortage areas by:
- Encouraging entities, such as rural community clinics, to provide new residency programs by allowing them to partner with schools and hospitals to navigate the accreditation process;
- Combining and streamlining the existing residency expansion programs, putting an emphasis on geographic and specialty shortages; and
- Creating a permanent fund which lays the foundation for a long-term solution to ensure our graduate medical education slots keep pace with our growing population and greater number of medical school graduates expected in the future.
Before it is sent to the Governor, it will return to the Senate for review of House amendments.