UT Southwestern Medical Center contains nearly 11 million square feet of space – hospitals, laboratories, research facilities, classrooms, offices, and associated support facilities. There is another 1.8 million square feet under construction and in design.
Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center
The UT Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center serves the entire Medical Center, including the hospitals. It is an excellent resource for students, faculty, and staff.
The main facility (nearly 65,000 square feet) is located in the middle of the South Campus; while a small branch (4,750 square feet) is located on the North Campus.
Academic facilities include the technologically advanced SimCenter, a small group teaching center where students can learn and practice skills in a safe, realistic clinical environment. Students have the opportunity to put into practice their medical knowledge, patient care, communication skills, professionalism, and leadership skills on high-fidelity simulators using carefully constructed scenarios.
Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery
Also available is the hands-on UT Southwestern Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery. Students in their surgery rotations and electives learn and practice surgical skills such as knot tying, suturing, and video-endoscopic techniques.
Clinical Skills Clinic
Students learn patient interviewing and examination skills by interacting with standardized, trained "patients" while being digitally recorded. The interaction can later be reviewed later by the students themselves as well as by their Academic College mentor.