Dallas-Area Medical School Options
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, about 5 miles from downtown, serves as the Dallas-Arlington-Fort Worth region's primary training ground for prospective doctors, medical researchers, and established physicians. This article looks at the school and its Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree programs. The MD can be earned alone or combined with master's degree programs in public health or business. The school also offers an MD/Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program for physicians who want to work in medical science.
In addition to information on the programs, this article includes a table of basic facts about the medical school that prospective students should know, such as tuition and enrollment.
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|University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center|
|School Type||4-year; public|
|Total Medical School Enrollment (2014)||2,341*|
|Campus Setting||Large city|
|Medical School Tuition 2013-2014||$20,441 for residents; $33,512 for non-residents**|
Source: *NCES College Navigator, **University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
As 1 of 4 medical schools in the University of Texas system, UT Southwestern Medical Center has a total enrollment of nearly 4,600 students, clinical residents, and postdoctoral fellows. The center is composed of the UT Southwestern Medical School, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and the School of Health Professionals. Every year the medical school enrolls approximately 230 students, 90 percent of whom, by law, must be from Texas.
Faculty members at this Dallas medical school have achieved the highest honors in their fields. Nobel Prizes have been awarded to 5 faculty members. The medical center also boasts 20 faculty members who have been inducted into the National Academy of Sciences and 18 into the Institute of Medicine.
The UT Southwestern Medical School offers a 4-year medical degree program that includes opportunities for clinical research. During the first 2 years, medical students learn about disease, basic science, and medical terminology. In their second year, students take clinical courses in medical specialties at UT Southwestern's teaching hospitals and clinics.
Medical students begin working directly with patients in their third and fourth years. In the third year, students have 8-week rotations in surgery and pediatrics and 6-week rotations in psychiatry and obstetrics. They spend 4 weeks in family practice and neurology, with the remaining 12 weeks devoted to internal medicine.
The fourth year consists of clinical rotations in a medicine subinternship, ambulatory medicine, and acute care. Students also take 4-week electives in various medical specialties. Electives are available in neurology, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, cell biology, emergency medicine, and radiation oncology.
This 4-year program combines the curriculum of the MD degree program with one provided by the University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH) for an MD/Master of Public Health dual degree. Participants must complete a core curriculum involving the study of biostatistics, epidemiology, community health, disease control, and the behavioral sciences, along with all clinical training requirements of the medical school. Shared courses between the 2 curriculums make the program more efficient and reduce time and costs; these courses include medical genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, and immunology.
Electives are available in public policy and healthcare financing, healthcare solutions, and community action research. MPH required courses include health promotion, public health management, environmental health sciences, and biostatistics. A culminating experience and public health practicum experience are required as well.
Offered in partnership with the School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas, this dual degree program can be completed in 5 years. Students must complete the first 3 years of medical school training before completing the 1-year intensive MBA curriculum. After earning the MBA degree, students can return to medical school to finish their final year of clinical rotations.
The MBA curriculum consists of 53 credit hours with core courses in economics, accounting, information technology, and marketing. Upon completing this core curriculum, participants can design their own degree program and specialization. Some of the electives available are corporate financial reporting, negotiation, capital markets, and database management.
Also known as the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), this 7-year program requires an additional 3 years past the MD program for dissertation research in a field of biomedical science. Typically, students complete the first half of the medical school curriculum and their graduate studies before returning to medical school for clinical rotations. Only 10 students are accepted each year, with graduates prepared for a career in medical research and academia.
Possible PhD degree tracks include cancer biology, clinical psychology, integrative biology, neuroscience, immunology, molecular biophysics, and biomedical engineering. Students can also specialize further in computational and systems biology, translational science, or in the pharmacological sciences.