FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2018
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AUSTIN, TX - Yesterday, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board awarded a total of $18.6 million in funding to several Senate District 20 hospitals and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine to expand their Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs. This funding is critical to ensure that Texas has the number of practicing physicians we need.
Research indicates that of students who complete their medical school and residency in Texas, close to 90% choose to remain, practicing close to the area in which they completed their residency. This is especially important for South Texas, an area known to have a shortage of doctors and access to care difficulties for our families.
Senator Hinojosa issued the following statement:
"It's great news that several Senate District 20 hospitals and the UTRGV School of Medicine were awarded $18.6 million in funding to continue support for residency positions established with previous grant funding.
I appreciate the commitment from our hospitals, medical schools, and communities to support and train these residents so that they can make South Texas their home. I will continue to advocate for continued GME support so that we can reduce our physician shortage, provide more care for our families, and ensure that our medical school is successful.
This funding was made possible by the Legislature's increased commitment to GME, and I was proud to joint-author Senate Bill 18 that promotes residency expansion programs and places emphasis on Texas' most critical shortage areas. The goal of this legislation is to ensure that a residency slot is available for every Texas medical school graduate so that our students learn, train and ultimately practice here in Texas."
In Corpus Christi, Bay Area Medical Center was awarded $1.35 million, and Christus Health will receive $900,000. Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg was awarded $9.6 million, and the UTRGV School of Medicine will receive $6.75 million.