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Graduate Medical Education Expansion Programs

The 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, created new grant programs to support graduate medical education (GME) through two separate statutes, House Bill 2550 and House Bill 1025. In combination, the statutes established six new grant programs intended to expand availability of medical and graduate medical education in Texas.

In 2015, the 84th Legislature (Regular Session), through Senate Bill 18, expanded eligibility for Planning and Partnership Grants. Release of a Request for Applications for Planning and Partnership Grants in Fiscal Years (FY) 2016 - 2017 is planned for late spring 2016.

Senate Bill 18 also consolidated under a single statute the GME Expansion initiative to support an increase in the number of first-year residency positions available in the state. In FY 2016 and 2017, the GME Expansion Grant Program is available to support the maintenance and creation of residency positions at existing and new GME programs. The program continues support for positions previously funded in FY 2014 and 2015 under Unfilled Position Grants, Grants for New and Expanded Programs, and the Resident Physician Expansion Program.

A Forum on State Grant Opportunities for Expanding Graduate Medical Education was held at the Texas Hospital Association on November 5, 2015. The forum was also sponsored by the Texas Medical Association, Teaching Hospitals of Texas, and the Coordinating Board. The presentation by Coordinating Board staff included information on GME Expansion Grant Program awards for FY 2014 and 2015 and program requirements for FY 2016 and 2017.

Coordinating Board Presentation on GME Expansion Grants Program 

In fall 2015, THECB released the 2016 Request for Applications (RFA) to solicit applications from GME programs and sponsoring institutions intending to accomplish one or more of the following:

  • Maintain new first-year residency positions created during the 2014 and 2015 biennium under Unfilled Position Grants, Grants for New and Expanded Programs, and/or the Resident Physician Expansion Program;
  • Increase and fill the number of accreditor-approved First-Year Residency Positions in existing programs; and/or
  • Establish new GME programs with accreditor-approved First-Year Residency Positions that will be filled during the Grant Period.

The THECB received applications requesting funding for 98 medical residency programs from health-related institutions, medical schools, hospitals, and not-for-profit organizations. Awards of $49.2 million will provide continuing and initial support to 65 GME programs and 683 medical residency positions over an approximate two-year period.

Of the total residency position awards, 514 are in the primary care medical specialties of internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology. Total awards to primary care specialties represent about 75 percent of the total positions and funds awarded.

Before the funds are disbursed, statute requires awarded applicants to verify that residency positions selected for funding are filled. The verification process was completed in June after resident matching results were announced.

2016-2017 Grant Cycle


List of Awards FY 2016

GME Expansion Request for Applications - October 2015

2014-2015 Grant Cycle


Summary of Medical and Graduate Medical Education Expansion Grant Programs - 83rd Legislature

Unfilled Position Grants

New & Expanded Program Grants

Resident Physician Expansion Program (program ended August 31, 2015)

For further information, contact: 
GME Expansion Grant Program
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
P.O. Box 12788
Austin, TX 78711


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