Medical School Catalog

Since 1974, UT Southwestern Medical School has enrolled more than 200 freshman students each year. Current class size annually is from 235 to 240 students. In addition to the approximately 950 students in the four-year undergraduate medical curriculum, more than 1,500 clinical residents and postdoctoral fellows receive training at the School and its affiliated hospitals each year.

The educational programs are conducted in attractive modern buildings on the campus and in the clinical facilities of the affiliated hospitals. The School is dedicated to the education of physicians who are thoroughly grounded in the scientific basis of modern medicine, who are inspired to maintain lifelong medical scholarship and who will care for patients in a responsible and compassionate manner. The faculty and staff are committed to serve society not only by educating future medical practitioners but also by contributing to future medical developments through research. The majority of graduates eventually practice medicine, and the general curriculum is oriented toward this goal. Many graduates will combine the practice of medicine with careers in teaching and research. For students who wish to pursue careers in research, opportunities are available either through summer research experience, year-round research experience or formal training leading to combined M.D. and Ph.D. degrees.

Medical Faculty

The excellence of any educational institution is determined by the caliber of its faculty. The faculty at UT Southwestern Medical School has many distinguished members, including six who have won Nobel Prizes since 1985; 22 members of the National Academy of Sciences; 16 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and 18 members of the National Academy of Medicine.

Faculty members of the Medical School have reached positions of prominence in American and international medicine. Many of the more than 2,400 full-time faculty members have been elected to the presidencies of national or international professional societies, have chaired major national and international medical committees, have been members of study sections for the National Institutes of Health, or are editors or members of editorial boards of medical and scientific journals.

The number of UT Southwestern students placing at the top in national competitive examinations and earning residency positions in outstanding postgraduate programs demonstrates a high degree of teaching effectiveness.

Accreditation

UT Southwestern Medical Center is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award master’s, doctoral (Ph.D./D.P.T.) and medical professional (M.D.) degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Normal inquiries about UT Southwestern Medical Center, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to UT Southwestern Medical Center and not to the Commission’s office.

The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association.

Medical School Academic Administration

UT Southwestern Medical School is led by a team of accomplished physicians, educators, and administrators committed to maintaining a supportive atmosphere of healing, discovery, and learning. Led by J. Gregory Fitz, M.D., Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Dean of UT Southwestern Medical School, UT Southwestern leaders bring a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to bear on directing one of the nation’s top academic medical centers. Leadership across all levels – Schools, Departments, Divisions, Centers, Clinics, and Hospitals – share an ambitious mission: to push the frontiers of medicine while bringing the latest advances to patient care.

Facilities and Services

Most facilities and services are described within the “General Information” site. Medical students should also be aware of:

The Office of Medical Education provides academic support for the Medical School. OME professionals collaborate with faculty to design and develop curriculum, courses and instructional materials; incorporate interactive learning techniques; and integrate technology into the curriculum via the Web Curriculum Group. The Medical School has been planning curricular reform since 2013. A new curriculum was launched for the Pre-Clinical period of Medical School with the matriculation of the Class of 2019 who arrived in August 2015. The new curriculum for the Clerkship and Post-Clerkship phases will be introduced as this class progresses to those portions of their education.

Affiliated Health Care Institutions

The clinical faculty at UT Southwestern offers patient care at a number of affiliated hospitals and clinics in Dallas and Fort Worth, including UT Southwestern University Hospitals & Clinics.

UT Southwestern Medical Center has two hospital facilities – the William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital and Zale Lipshy University Hospital - offer patients superior care and outstanding service provided by a highly trained staff. The hospitals are a crucial component of UT Southwestern’s ongoing development as an academic medical center that delivers world-class patient care, while supporting clinical and translational research, as well as education and training, making the University Hospitals sites that both reflect and integrate the Medical Center’s three core missions.

Clements University Hospital – an $800 million state-of-the-art clinical facility – opened in late 2014. The 12-floor, 460-bed hospital is named in honor of the legendary Texas governor, in recognition of his 2009 gift of $100 million, which he made with only the stipulation that it be used for a transformative purpose related to UT Southwestern’s mission. Clements University Hospital offers patients and medical personnel world-class facilities and technologies. The facility offers practices in cardiology, emergency medicine, general internal medicine and subspecialties, general surgery, vascular surgery, oncologic surgery as well as hematologic malignancies, obstetrics and gynecology, and orthopaedics. It also houses all of the solid organ Transplant Programs, as well as a Level III neonatal intensive care unit.

Zale Lipshy University Hospital began a transition to become a nationally renowned freestanding neuroscience facility with the opening of Clements University Hospital. Its neuroangiography unit is a vitally important factor in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disease, and physicians based at Zale Lipshy specialize in diagnosing and treating patients with neurovascular diseases, stroke, Parkinson’s and other neurologic diseases, as well as neurologic malignancies. Other specialties at Zale Lipshy include spine, psychiatry, and rehabilitation.

In Fort Worth, UT Southwestern provides care through the Moncrief Cancer Institute and a branch of the Simmons Cancer Center. In addition, UT Southwestern has established the UT Southwestern Monty and Tex Moncrief Medical Center at Fort Worth, made possible by a $25 million commitment from W.A. “Tex” Moncrief Jr. The new ambulatory facility, in the heart of Fort Worth’s burgeoning medical district, will increase UT Southwestern’s capacity to serve residents of Fort Worth and surrounding areas, improving access to UT Southwestern’s medical care, research, and educational opportunities.

Outpatient services are offered in several clinical specialties throughout the campus. Community clinics in the Park Cities, Richardson, and Las Colinas also have opened, widening the access to UTSW primary care and specialty physicians. 

Parkland Memorial Hospital, a component of Parkland Health & Hospital System operated by the Dallas County Hospital District, is a major teaching location for the Medical Center. More than half of the doctors practicing in Dallas County received some or all of their training at Parkland and UT Southwestern. Parkland’s Level I Trauma Center and Burn Center are internationally recognized. The new Parkland, a $1.27 billion facility on the east side of Harry Hines Boulevard, opened in 2015 and is an 862-bed adult inpatient hospital that offers a variety of clinical services, ranging from outpatient clinics to an extremely active emergency service, providing an abundance of clinical situations for teaching purposes. Parkland is adjacent to the Medical Center’s South Campus and connected by a bridge-walkway, providing for a free flow of students and staff between the two institutions.

Children’s Medical Center Dallas is one of the largest pediatric health care providers in the nation. With nearly 50 specialty clinics and programs, Children’s is the primary pediatric teaching hospital for the University. UT Southwestern pediatric faculty comprise the hospital’s medical staff. Children’s is the only pediatric hospital in the Southwest with a designated Level I trauma center.

Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, a part of the VA North Texas Health Care System, is another valuable health care facility affiliated with the Medical Center. It is a general hospital with 544 beds and a full range of clinical facilities used by the Medical School’s undergraduates and residents. These facilities include medical and surgical services in all major specialty areas. All training is under the direction of the Dean’s Committee and is supervised by a large full-time staff augmented by consultants.

Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences is on the Medical Center’s South Campus and serves as the base for teaching forensic medicine. It comprises the Dallas County Criminal Investigation Laboratory and the Office of the County Medical Examiner. It also interacts closely with the Transplant Services Center.

Methodist Hospitals of Dallas has several hospitals in the Dallas area. Methodist Dallas Medical Center, a 420-bed hospital, is the hub of the system, providing teaching connections with the Medical Center. Methodist Charlton Medical Center, which has 301 beds, offers a family medicine residency co-sponsored by the Medical School’s Department of Family and Community Medicine.

John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, with 400 beds, is a component of the JPS Health Network. It is the site of the largest of UT Southwestern Medical School’s three-year residency training programs in family and community medicine.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, with 866 beds, is a teaching hospital of UT Southwestern. Several clinical services of Presbyterian Hospital are closely related to the corresponding departments of the Medical School through affiliated residency programs. Several full-time faculty members are based there.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, a charitable institution operated by the Scottish Rite Bodies of Texas, provides inpatient and outpatient care at no charge to children with orthopaedic or neurological challenges, as well as dyslexia and other learning disorders. UT Southwestern Medical School performs teaching and clinical services in several fields, including orthopaedics, neurology, pediatrics, prosthetics-orthotics, anesthesiology and radiology.