Kim Nguyen’s childhood dream of becoming a doctor is within reach--she's one of the first 24 medical students to study at the Baylor-Dallas campus Texas A&M Health Sciences Center College of Medicine.
It opened about a month ago because of the critical need for doctors.
Kim thought about becoming a plastic surgeon but was drawn to primary care and her timing is impeccable.
"Career wise I definitely feel more secure,” Kim said “It's also of course nice to be able to provide a service that is actually needed."
Dr. Christie Columbus--the Vice Dean of the program says Texas is growing and needs doctors and lots of them.
She said Texas has 100 doctors for every 100,000 residents and ranks near the bottom--42nd in the country in doctor-resident ratio.
"The population ages and with more people who do have access to care we will need more people in the fields of primary care, internal medicine, family medicine,” Dr. Columbus said.
Baylor-Dallas joins Bryan-College Station, Temple and Round Rock as clinical training sites.
Having a training site could work out great for Dallas-Fort Worth.
"There are some data that indicate that physicians tend to stay where they train,” Dr. Columbus said. “So hopefully this will provide increased physicians for the north Texas area as well as for the entire state."
Students study internal medicine, family medicine, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry and obstructs /gynecology.
Kim grew up in north Texas as a Cowboys and Mavs fan--it's where she wants to live and practice medicine.
"You know,” Kim said. “Having gone to the small cities and spent some time there, they have their charm but I was mean to be here."
Filling a need and living her dream.
"I think it just meshed with my personality and it's probably the most rewarding career you could ask for,” Kim said.