More than half of the University of Texas Medical Branch’s 2017 School of Medicine class will continue their medical training in Texas, with about half of them entering the much-needed field of primary care. Of the 216 students in the class, 53 percent will do their residency training in the state. Of those students staying in Texas, 18 percent will be at the medical branch, 32 percent in the UT System and 45 percent will be doing their residency training in primary care.

The latest projections from the Association of American Medical Colleges said the U.S. faces a shortage of as many as 100,000 doctors by 2025 and that primary care physicians will account for as much as one-third of that total. The students, who graduate in June, learned where they would do their residencies on Match Day that is coordinated by the National Resident Matching Program. This year at the medical branch, Match Day participants hailed from seven different countries, including the U.S., Uganda, Taiwan, Mexico, Bosnia, India and Kenya.

New OB/Gyn clinic in Friendswood

A new OB/Gyn clinic, the Women’s Health Care Clinic, is now open in Friendswood. The new clinic, 1505 Winding Way Drive, Suite 210, has nine examination rooms and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For information, call 832-505-5050 or visit to schedule an appointment.

Groundbreaking for new education center is Friday

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Health Education Center is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday. The $90.4 million, 160,000 square-foot facility is expected to open in 2019. The building will feature a variety of simulation classroom spaces enabling future generations of health care professionals to learn in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment.

Gun Safety and Children Symposium next week

Karen Liller, a professor in the Department of Community and Family Health at the University of South Florida, is the featured speaker at a public health symposium April 13. Her presentation, “Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention and the Firearm Epidemic: A Call for Action,” begins at 4 p.m. in the Levin Hall Dining Room on the Galveston campus.

The symposium is being presented by UTMB’s Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health. Liller was a co-author of a report issued earlier this year by public health experts that included a call for foundations and businesses to fund and support research to help reduce gun violence.