85R4971 KSM-F
  By: Lozano H.C.R. No. 102
         WHEREAS, The Texas population is growing rapidly, and the
  number of health care providers is not keeping pace; and
         WHEREAS, Almost 70 percent of Texas counties were wholly or
  partially designated as primary care Health Professional Shortage
  Areas in 2015; and
         WHEREAS, The Texas Legislature and governor approved $53
  million for graduate medical education funding in the 84th
  Legislative Session to help address this shortage; and
         WHEREAS, Before that investment, the Texas Higher Education
  Coordinating Board projected that, by 2016, more than 100 Texas
  medical school graduates would not have an opportunity to remain in
  state for their residency training due to a lack of first-year
  residency positions; and
         WHEREAS, In 2015, Texas medical schools awarded 1,692 doctor
  of medicine and doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees, and the
  state opened two new medical schools in 2016, and an additional four
  medical schools may be created in the near future; and
         WHEREAS, This new growth in the number of medical school
  graduates will all but nullify or outstrip the legislature's recent
  efforts to expand graduate medical education and further hinder
  Texas' efforts to achieve the goal of 1.1 residency positions for
  each medical school graduate; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 85th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby express its support for prioritizing a substantial increase
  in funding for graduate medical education before it considers
  authorizing the creation and support of additional medical schools
  in our state; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That the Texas Legislature charge the Texas Higher
  Education Coordinating Board to work with institutions of higher
  education and the medical community to achieve the 1.1 to 1 goal for
  graduate medical education; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That the Texas secretary of state forward an
  official copy of this resolution to all public and private
  institutions of higher education in the state.