Depending on what the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board decides today, Texas hospitals could soon open their doors to medical students from the Caribbean, and that prospect has the state’s medical schools fuming.
Texas medical schools, charged with increasing enrollment to meet the state’s physician shortage, are already “starting to stumble over each other” finding their students the right clerkships, said Dr. Cynthia Jumper, who heads the Texas Medical Association’s medical education council and chairs the internal medicine department at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. While there may be a few extra positions available now, Jumper said, there won’t be for long. “What extra room there is now has already been spoken for,” she said.
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