Following an impressive story outlining how UNT Health Science Center Physician Assistant students recently swept a Texas-based Challenge Bowl in their field, the school has also announced that it has been ranked among the top medical schools in the country for primary care for the 13th consecutive year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest rankings. Specifically, UNTHSC was ranked first in Texas in educating students in the field of primary care, and ranks fourth nationally based on the percentage of graduates entering the primary care field.
In addition, U.S. News & World Report also listed UNTHSC’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) as the 48th best in the country out of a field of 150 eligible medical schools who were considered. Even more impressive, The Rural Medical Education program at the school — a discipline in medical education that is particularly important to the state of Texas, which features wide swaths of rural country, ranked 11th nationally, which is up four slots from a year ago.
Don Peska, DO, Dean of TCOM, highlighted in particular how the primary care and rural care distinctions mean a lot to the morale of the school: “We are particularly proud of our rural initiative to bring primary care to all of the citizens of Texas.”
In a state where many of the top research institutions concentrate on educating future researchers, UNTHSC’s proven prowess in educating qualified medical professionals plays a major role in Texas’ ability to increase the healthcare infrastructure in the Lone Star state. According to the school, “sixty four percent of TCOM graduates enter primary care, serving as bulwarks in an era of growing shortages in family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology.”
The UNTHSC sees its focus on primary care as fulfilling a sorely unmet need in medical and healthcare education, as by 2025, the primary care physician shortage nationwide is expected to hit 50,000. Considering that Texas remains 45th in the nation in physicians per population, according to the Texas Medical Association, the school is undoubtedly doing its part to help bolster the healthcare system in Texas for future generations.