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Monday, April 23, 2012

COORDINATING BOARD TO VOTE ON OFF-SHORE MEDICAL SCHOOL THIS WEEK

A powerful state senator has added her voice to the chorus opposing the American University of the Caribbean’s bid to bring its third- and fourth-year medical students to Texas for training clerkships. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is scheduled to vote on the proposal on Wednesday. State Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo), chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, wrote a strongly worded letter asking the coordinating board to forego action and let the Texas Legislature review the issue next year. “Once foreign institutions are allowed to provide third- and fourth-year clinical training, students from publicly funded medical schools may lose access to critical rotation slots,” Senator Zaffirini wrote. “The Texas Legislature may never have intended to authorize the [coordinating board] to allow foreign medical schools to participate in third- and fourth-year clinical rotations at Texas hospitals.”

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