In this guest column, Elizabeth Protas, dean of the UTMB School of Health Professions, writes that as the Texas population grows and ages, serious chronic medical conditions will increase dramatically. There will be an avalanche of need for health providers to care for these conditions at the same time our proportion of health professionals to the population declines. 

 [Note: This column is part of a statewide plan by Public Affairs to spotlight UTMB Health and its expertise during this important legislative session.]