Training Texas’ Health Care Workforce

Texas’ teaching hospitals may be best known for providing the lion’s share of critical Graduate Medical Education (GME) training for Texas’ medical school graduates. That residency training helps keep medical graduates in Texas and ensure physicians stay in-state to practice medicine and care for Texans.

But teaching hospitals’ education and training investment extends beyond physicians. THOT members provide education and clinical training for thousands of Texas’ health care students, including nursing and allied health. This education and training are needed for students to graduate, to become licensed and to secure the clinical skills required to join the healthcare workforce.

University Medical Center of El Paso, the primary teaching institution for Texas Tech University’s medical school, hosted 2,408 students from 36 schools in internships or clinical training on site in 2019:

  • 2058 adult students
  • 350 high school students, participating in health sciences technology
  • 441 medical students
  • 867 students participated in nursing clinical training: licensed vocational nurse (LVN); LVN to registered nurse (RN); RN; nurse anesthesia nurse; practitioner; and doctorate in nursing.
  • 739 students participated in allied health programs including physical therapy, physical therapy assistants, speech and respiratory therapy, radiology, sonography as well as EMT programs, pharmacy, dietary, and medical lab technology

UTMB Health (the University of Texas Medical Branch) provides training for 677 physician residents, and more than 3,900 students with clinical training.

  • 959 medical students
    • 677 residents
    • 181 physicians’ assistant students
    • 1,002 allied health students in programs for Surgical Technology, EMT, Sterile Processing, Perfusion Technology, Patient Care Technician, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Respiratory Care, Clinical Lab Sciences, Nutrition and Metabolism, Pathology Assistant, Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine.
    • 1,769 nursing students in programs leading to degreed Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN), Registered Nurses (RN), Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN), or a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Learn more about Texas’ teaching hospitals role in educating and training physicians, nurses, and all roles essential for a strong health care system.

Click on the links below to read more about the many facets of Texas’ teaching hospitals.

Teaching Hospitals of Texas

Teaching Hospitals of Texas is the state’s principal voice and advocate for hospitals and health systems that teach, train, and mentor the next generation of physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals and are united in their commitment to supporting policies and funding to ensure healthcare access for all Texans.

View our members here.



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