Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center Fort Worth and the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine are teaming up to train 150 physicians each year through an accredited resident program.
This year, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education accredited program will select the first group of medical school graduates who will do their residencies at Baylor Scott & White Fort Worth in 2021. The goal is to have 150 residents in the program by the 2027-2028 academic year.
“We are honored to be working alongside a like-minded organization in Baylor Scott & White – Fort Worth,” said Stuart Flynn, MD, dean of the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine via release. “With the combination of both organizations’ available resources and aligned mission, we can create a robust and rich academic environment in the Fort Worth community.”
Residencies will be in internal medicine, emergency medicine, OB/GYN, general surgery, anesthesia, and the program is considering fellowship training programs in cardiology, oncology, hepatology, and nephrology.
“I am so excited to see this collaboration between the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine and Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth. This is the kind of announcement we envisioned happening when the new medical school opened,” said Mayor Betsy Price, City of Fort Worth via release. “This will further the city’s ability to attract and retain the best minds in medicine, keeping our community healthier. We aspire to show Fort Worth as a city where medical innovation is not only taking place, but evolving.”
Adding residencies in Texas can help address the growing physician shortage here, which is one of the worst in the country. Texas ranks 41 out of the 50 states for physicians per capita, with 219.4 physicians per 100,000 residents. The national median is 257.6, according to the American Association of Medical Colleges.
The shortage is exacerbated by the growth in medical school graduates without accompanying residency slots. Enrollment in Texas medical schools has increased by 32 percent over the last decade, but residency slots have only increased by 19 percent. This means graduates have to go elsewhere to receive training, decreasing the chances they will end up working in the state. In Texas, 59 percent of residents stay in state after training, and if they do both medical school and residency here, 81 percent stay in Texas. Baylor Scott & White offers nearly 800 residencies statewide.
“With our ongoing dedication to excellent patient care, this collaboration will further opportunities for medical education and research, benefitting the community as a whole,” said Mike Sanborn, president, Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth via release. “Our goal is to build upon this foundation that echoes the pillars of outstanding teaching hospitals: patient care, education, and research.”