The University of Texas Austin expects to expand its repertoire and have a full medical school established by as early as 2016. The maiden class of the Dell Medical School is expected to consist of about 50 students and begin in slightly more than 3 years time, likely beginning in the fall of 2016.
The UT Austin medical school will have a highly interdisciplinary nature which will focus students on more than a single area of expertise. This will make competition for enrollment stiff, but will also end up creating more versatile doctors that have more skills than the average General Practitioner.
Since they are hoping to create an elite group, the administration overseeing the development of the University of Texas medical school wants to keep enrollment low, with classes no larger than approximately 100 students. Many of those will come from the University of Texas.
The graduates from the school are anticipated to be a 50/50 split between primary care physicians and specialists, but even those will be required to develop their skills above and beyond the scope of a typical medical program.
Susan Cox, regional dean for Austin programs at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center said that graduates will be expected to carry a double major and graduate with a dual degree. At the very least, they would be expected to complete a significant research project in a specialty field to prove that they are able to perform at the higher end of the medical bell curve.
Cox says this will make them more attractive to employers as soon as they enter the workforce.
The new school will be built near University Medical Center Brackenridge. Rumors have abounded that the Frank Erwin Center would be demolished to accommodate the facility. Cox has said that the Center “isn’t going anywhere.”
A committee has been developed to help guide the progress of the school. They have created outreach groups that are seeking help from other experts that specialize in medical issues, women’s issues, and community engagement so that the school can begin with a strong, lasting foundation.