The 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, created several new programs to support medical and graduate medical education (GME), with the intent to increase the number of residency positions in first-year GME programs in the state. The Resident Physician Expansion Program will provide awards, on a competitive basis, to encourage the creation of new GME positions through community collaboration and innovative funding. The legislature appropriated $5 million for the program in Fiscal Years 2014-2015.
The awards will be provided to physician residency programs at teaching hospitals and other appropriate health care entities according to program criteria developed with the input of various groups of stakeholders, including the Health and Human Services Commission, physicians, teaching hospitals, medical schools, and independent physician residency programs. In addition to creating new residency positions throughout the state, the program also places emphasis on increasing residency positions in medically underserved areas in the state and on the support of medical specialties having shortages in the state. A further program goal is to maximize local and federal matching funds.
Senate Bill 215, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, called for the Coordinating Board to engage institutions of higher education in a negotiated rulemaking process, as described in Subchapter 2008, Government Code, in the development of such rules. New Resident Physician Expansion Grant Program proposed rules were drafted and approved by the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on the Resident Physician Expansion Grant Program on April 11, 2014. The proposed rules will be published in the Texas Register on April 25, 2014, for a 30-day public comment period, which ends May 25, 2014.
Pending adoption of final rules, the Coordinating Board expects to publish a Request for Applications in late summer or early fall 2014.