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El Paso Dental School: Email sent to Texas House Title III Committee Members

This Letter was emailed to Rep. Gary VanDeaver, Rep. Linda Koop, Rep. Trent Ashby (Chair), Rep. Donna Howard, Rep. Mary Gonzalez, Rep. Helen Giddings, Rep. John Raney regarding the funding for a 4th Texas Dental School.  You can send also by emailing their name to:  first.last@house.texas.gov

May 19, 2017

It recently came to our attention that funding for a 4th dental school in El Paso was included in the House Title III Appropriations Bill and is now in conference committee.

As we have extensively researched this issue it has become apparent this school is being supported by only a few interest groups. Please understand that Texas does not need to spend tax dollars to fund a 4th dental school now or in the future until the extreme oversupply of dentists is addressed.

  • According to a 2012 report by our own agency, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, called Establishment of a Dental School at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center in El Paso, it was recommended and concluded that “Texas does not need another dental school at this time”.
  • According to a KVIA El Paso article the need for a 4th dental school to educate new dentists who then will stay to practice in El Paso, a dental health professional shortage area. However, if we look at the Texas A&M Dental School in Dallas it is located only miles from a designated dental health professional shortage area while an extreme oversupply of dentists exists.
  • Under an open records request since 2005 the population of Texas would need to have grown by 27 million in order to absorb the number of dentists licensed since that time. Under the Dental Education Loan Repayment Program giving incentives to new graduates who need debt relief can solve these issues.

 

Obviously there are better and much cheaper ways of addressing these issues not at the burden of the Texas taxpayer. I would be honored at ANY time to meet and discuss these issues with you. Thank you for all your hard work I know this is a very busy time.

 

Sincerely,  

Jacquelyn A. Stanfield DDS, Concerned Dentists of Texas

3401 Cross Timbers #100

Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 355 -2273

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