UT Southwestern Medical School offers a dynamic curriculum that deftly responds to the changing requirements for medical education while recognizing the uniqueness of the individual.
Our program features early clinical experiences—students begin interacting with patients in one of the nation’s top public hospitals in their first year of medical school. A robust roster of electives in medical humanities and other medical-related topics supplements a program of core courses and allows students to pursue their own interests throughout their medical training.
Abundant research opportunities, which begin even before the first day of classes, along with an innovative Academic Colleges program that closely connects students with leading faculty—and other students—round out a challenging program of learning and personal growth.
- An excellent foundation in biomedical science, with meaningful ties to clinical relevance
- Early, hands-on clinical experience in a large public hospital–Parkland Memorial Hospital–a 983-bed facility ranked among "America's Best Hospitals" for 18 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report
- Flexibility, with opportunities for enrichment electives, combined-degree programs, field study/global health (including an exchange program in Paris), and research projects (both summer and yearlong)
- An engaging Academic Colleges program pairs small groups of students with gifted faculty members on a weekly basis so students can observe and mirror the professional clinical skills, behaviors, and attitudes of a highly experienced physician
- A technology-rich experience with UT Southwestern’s Web Curriculum and advanced facilities such as the Simulation Center. The Web Curriculum site offers detailed views of each year's curriculum. The portal is also used to deliver handouts, audio files, and video streaming of lectures
- Students are well-prepared for USMLE exams—more than 98 percent pass on their first attempt
- Proven success in educating/training students with an outstanding track record of residency match at leading programs. (The graduating class of 2011 began residencies in 22 specialties across 79 locations in 31 states.)
"The quality of the scientific curriculum is unquestionable, and the clinical training, one finds out upon starting residency, is second to none. You learn how to be a self-sufficient physician years before you ever start internship."
—Scott Paulson, M.D., Class of 2008.
You Should Know
Integral Part of Patient Care
As many medical schools move to more of an observer-type role for their students with no call, medical students at UT Southwestern are integral to patient care teams. They still take overnight call and have real responsibilities and involvement in patient care.
Using Technology to Learn
First-year lectures are available as MP3 files, and all first- and second-year lectures are video-streamed, allowing students to learn on their own time and review later if needed. Many courses have online cases and material posted.
Pass/Fail in Fall/Year One
All courses in the fall of the first year are on a pass/fail basis. This approach allows students to more easily transition to the demands of medical school, while also preserving students’ ability to match at a competitive residency program at the conclusion of their initial medical training.
We don’t use a curve to determine grades, so your scores will reflect your work and not be determined by others’ performance or arbitrary parameters.