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Resident Physician Expansion Program

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, which will be 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.

In the spring of 2014, the Coordinating Board plans to develop rules for the program through a negotiated rule-making process. Applications will be solicited in fall 2014.


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