Austin American-Statesman (Internet / Print) 06/21/06 The Seton Healthcare Network welcomed its largest group of medical residents, or doctors-in-training, to Austin on Tuesday as part of a 30-year agreement with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. The new crop of residents totals 62, 13 more than last year's. UTMB is expected to send more residents next year when Seton hopes to add residencies in neurology and surgery, said Lori Roop, chief operating officer of Austin Medical Education Programs, operated by Seton. The residents, who were greeted at a reception Tuesday, will help patients at Brackenridge Hospital, Children's Hospital of Austin, Seton Shoal Creek, community clinics and public health programs, Seton officials said. The new doctors, along with the residents who will follow, will help alleviate a growing shortage of physicians in Central Texas, Roop said. It is estimated that Central Texas will need more than 600 additional physicians over the next four years.