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Medical School Catalog

Since 1974, UT Southwestern Medical School has enrolled more than 200 first-year students annually. Current class size is from 235 to 240 students annually. In addition to the approximately 950 students in the four-year undergraduate medical curriculum, nearly 1,900 clinical residents and postdoctoral fellows receive training at the school and its affiliated hospitals each year.

The educational programs are conducted in 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 serving society not only by educating future medical practitioners but also by contributing to future medical developments through research and state-of-the-art health care. The majority of graduates practice clinical medicine upon completion of training, 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, available opportunities include a summer research program, 12-week Scholarly Activity, fourth-year electives, 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; 25 members of the National Academy of Sciences; 16 members of the National Academy of Medicine; and 14 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Faculty members of the Medical School have reached positions of prominence in American and international medicine. Many of the more than 2,700 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 the quality of instruction and learning in both the scientific and clinical curriculums.

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Accreditation

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097; telephone number 404-679-4501) to award master’s (M.A./ M.S./M.P.T./M.P.A.S.), doctoral (Ph.D./D.P.T.) and medical professional (M.D.) degrees.

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.

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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 W. P. Andrew Lee, M.D., Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost, and Dean, the Medical School 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.

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Facilities and Services

Most facilities and services are described within the “General Information” section of the catalog. 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 curricula, courses, and instructional materials; incorporate interactive learning techniques; and integrate technology into the curriculum. After years of planning, the Medical School implemented its highly successful Foundation for Excellence curriculum in 2015.

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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.

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

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 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 orthopedics. It also houses all of the solid organ transplant programs, as well as a Level III neonatal intensive care unit. Because of increasing demand for service and a goal to unite hospital services at a single site, construction of an additional hospital tower with 256 beds began in 2017 and is scheduled to be completed in 2020.

Zale Lipshy Pavilion 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 the 148-bed Zale Lipshy facility 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 Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive 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, opened in June 2017 and increases 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 Fort Worth 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 Rees-Jones Trauma Center and its 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 experiences for learners. 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, part of Children’s Health System of Texas, 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 VA 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 serves as the base for teaching forensic medicine. It consists of 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 UT Southwestern 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 and serves as a clinical site for the Family Medicine Clerkship.

UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources have collaborated to develop Southwestern Health Resources, a clinically integrated health care network that leverages the strengths of the two largest local health care systems. The network builds on more than 50 years of collaborations between the two institutions and is made up of of 31 hospitals and an expansive network of physicians. It spans a 16-county service area with more than 7 million residents. The joint effort establishes an organization with the scale and scope to provide leading-edge technology, research, and education, ensuring broader access to exceptional, high quality care.

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 and rotations for medical students and physician assistant students. Several full-time faculty members are based there.

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

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