By Todd Ackerman Updated 2:48 pm CDT, Thursday, October 25, 2018 A University of Houston medical school would "fill a void in Texas by serving currently under-served communities" UH President Renu Khato says. >>Best and worst states to be a doctor A University of Houston medical school would "fill a void in Texas by serving currently under-served communities" UH President Renu Khato says. >>Best and worst states to be a doctor Photo: Steve Gonzales, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer Best and Worst States to be a Doctor40. Washington D.C.Opportunity & Competition Rank: 45 Work Environment Rank: 28 Best and Worst States to be a Doctor 40. Washington D.C. Opportunity & Competition Rank: 45 Work Environment Rank: 28 Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images 41. ArizonaOpportunity & Competition Rank: 34Work … [Read more...] about University of Houston’s proposed medical school gets state approval today
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(iStock) I’ve seen a lot of smiles and innumerable nods of appreciation coming from members of the incoming freshman class at the New York University School of Medicine after they learned they wouldn’t be charged tuition. But the larger question remains – what will going to medical school tuition-free mean to long-term career choices, as well as a new doctor’s passion to practice medicine? Consider that today’s doctors are weighed down by increasing demands of computer documentation. While electronic health records move us closer to the goal of more efficient and more effective information exchange, they also increase the joyless impersonal time doctors must spend without financial reimbursement. In fact, a recent study in the Annals of Family Medicine found that primary care doctors must spend more than half their doctoring time (over six hours before and after office hours) interacting with electronic health records. Doctors now also must … [Read more...] about Dr. Marc Siegel: Free tuition at medical schools can improve health care
A Sam Houston State University proposal to open a college of medicine could receive the green light this month — despite receiving a ‘no’ from the state’s top higher education official and prompting a quarrelsome three-hour dispute at a July meeting. To leaders of the Huntsville-based school, the doctor of osteopathic medicine program would draw primary care physicians to rural and medically underserved Texas communities — charging students almost three times more than other public schools, but without asking for any state funding. But to some members of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, an oversight agency that approves new academic programs, Sam Houston’s offering “falls short,” is premised on a “fallacy,” and has a business model that is “neither unique nor innovative,” according to comments made in July by Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes and board chair Stuart Stedman. A vote on … [Read more...] about Doubts aside, Sam Houston State pushes for a new medical school
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Texas has almost a dozen medical schools, but it also has a rural healthcare worker shortage. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is set to vote Thursday on whether to approve another medical school. Huntsville-based Sam Houston State University thinks it can address Texas’ critical shortage of doctors in rural parts of the state. It’s seeking accreditation this week for its proposed college of osteopathic medicine. Dr. Stephan McKernan is the associate dean for clinical affairs at the proposed school. He says the goal is to teach students from underserved, rural areas. “What our model is going to be – if we’re successful – is to recruit students from those areas, so its natural for them to go back there,” McKernan said. “Not trying to recruit someone from an urban community and then try to convince them to go to, you know, East Texas.” The Texas Tribune thanks its sponsors. Become one. And he says a college of … [Read more...] about Rural Texas is struggling to keep doctors. One university wants to change that by opening a medical school.