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Monday, April 30, 2012

DECISION ON OFF-SHORE MEDICAL SCHOOL DELAYED

 I’m very pleased to report that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, at the last minute, backed away from approving the American University of the Caribbean’s (AUC’s) bid to bring its third- and fourth-year medical students to Texas for training clerkships. We appreciate the leadership of TMA trustee and coordinating board member David Teuscher, MD. With TMA and several key lawmakers arguing that it had no legal authority to grant AUC’s request, the coordinating board decided to ask Attorney General Greg Abbott for a legal opinion on the issue. That could delay any action for about six months. We remain very concerned that approving the AUC proposal could hurt the quality of medical education in Texas and make it even more difficult for in-state medical schools to expand their class sizes to help meet Texas’ physician shortage.

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