In response to the estimated shortage of 90,000 physicians by 2020, medical schools such as UTMB have increased enrollment, and new medical schools such as FIU have opened their doors. The number of federally supported residency positions, however, is not increasing at a pace to accommodate the number of graduates. “We don’t want any senior medical students having alternate career plans,” UTMB’s Dr. Lauree Thomas said. “We want to keep those students in the pipeline for future training, particularly in primary care, given the tremendous need.”