With the opening of Dell Medical School, UT has the unique opportunity to train the next generation of doctors in a new model of patient-centered health care.
“We want to train students to care for people and communities, not just treat diseases,” said the school’s founding dean, Dr. Clay Johnston. “By using technology and data, working as part of a multi-professional care team and practicing medicine in a more sensitive, modern way, the doctors we graduate will be able to provide healing as well as treatment.”
By shaking up traditional relationships between health care professionals and patients, the school will take the lead in modernizing health care.
“This is the first new medical school created on the campus of a Tier 1 research university in decades,” Johnston said. “It offers the chance to build on the research that is already happening at UT.”
The school, backed by lead gifts from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the LIVESTRONG Foundation, is set to open in summer 2016, and Johnston is ready to graduate the best and brightest doctors of tomorrow.
“Through innovation and discovery, we can heal our neighbors in ways that will help people around the world,” he said.
The school is in the process of hiring faculty and recruiting the physicians and medical residents who are already involved in medical education in Austin. The dean hopes to receive the school’s preliminary accreditation in 2015.