By: Dr. Ian Glass, CMO, TRMC
As Tomball Regional Medical Center’s (TRMC) Chief Medical Officer, I’m often asked to speak to students who are interested in – or on a path to – a career in medicine. With the celebration of National Doctor’s Day on March 30th, I’m reminded how critical is this role of being a mentor, educator, and cheerleader for the practitioners of tomorrow. We are facing an increasing physician shortage that is perhaps greater than any time in modern history. Recent estimates from the Association of American Medical Colleges indicate that the U.S. will see a shortage of between 60,000 and 95,000 primary care and specialty physicians by the year 2025.
Everyone knows the path to becoming a physician is an arduous one – four years of medical school, another three or more years in residency training, and 100+ hour work weeks during those years. Furthermore, the pressures of medical practice have increased dramatically with technology and administrative requirements, reduced reimbursement, and other challenges. All of these things make for great difficulties in effectively recruiting new medical students. So, I’d like to share some of the great answers Physicians Practice gave to the question: “Why should I consider becoming a doctor?”
Beyond all of these great reasons, the providers affiliated with TRMC are true inspirations for young people to pursue careers in medicine. The quality of our medical staff is revealed through the notes and calls of appreciation and praise we receive from patients and their families who are grateful that these individuals chose medicine as their career. From our dedicated primary care and ED physicians, to the hospitalists working around the clock in inpatient care, to the skilled surgeons and specialists, it is my privilege to work with all of them in caring for our community.
About Tomball Regional Medical Center
Tomball Regional Medical Center is a 350-bed hospital in Tomball, Texas that is accredited by the Joint Commission and offers a wide variety of services to the community including emergency care, labor and delivery, a level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), general surgery, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, acute inpatient rehabilitation, sports medicine, physical therapy, orthopedics, outpatient testing, robotics, wound care and many others. The hospital’s 150-acre campus also features designated specialty centers: The Tomball Regional Orthopedic Center, The Women’s Center, Texas Sports Medicine Center, The Heart and Vascular Center and the Tomball Regional Medical Center Wound and Hyperbaric Center.
605 Holderrieth Blvd.
Tomball, TX 77375