Olds: The Fix to Texas’ Doctor Shortage Lies Abroad

In the Austin American-Statesman, Dr. G. Richard Olds, President of St. George’s University, explained how international medical schools can be the answer to the physician shortage in Texas, a shortage that could reach 6,000 doctors by 2030.

“Doctors trained abroad can help fill the gap,” Dr. Olds wrote. “They already treat millions of patients across the Lone Star State. And many of them are actually U.S. citizens who chose to study overseas—and then return home to practice.”

St. George’s University has graduated more than 16,000 physicians who have gone on to practice in all 50 US states, as well as more than 50 countries worldwide. Thirty-four SGU graduates began their residencies in Texas this summer, joining fields that included surgery, anesthesiology, and emergency medicine, as well as primary care specialties such as family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics.

Read the entire editorial on the American-Statesman website.