Medical Schools in San Antonio, TX with Course and Degree Info

Feb 27, 2019

Located a little over 10 miles from the city's center, only one school in the San Antonio area offers degrees in medicine. Read an overview of this school's programs, requirements and admissions policies to find out if it is the right one for you.

San Antonio Medical Degrees

Those interested in training for a career in medicine can find multiple education options at a school within 20 minutes of downtown San Antonio. This article highlights the program formats and required coursework at the institution; it also includes a table of stats and facts on the medical school.

  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, located about 12 miles from central San Antonio, offers a Doctor of Medicine (MD) program with several options, including the opportunity to complete dual-degree programs that combine an MD with a PhD or a public health master's degree. The school also offers education in a variety of other healthcare-related areas, including dentistry, public health and nursing. High-performing specialties for University Hospital include nephrology, urology, geriatrics, diabetes, endocrinology and orthopedics.

School Statistics

Attending medical school is a significant academic and financial undertaking. Find out about the tuition costs and other facts for the profiled institution in the table below.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
School Type 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 3,277*
Campus Setting Large city
Graduate Tuition & Fees 2017-2018 $4,028 for residents; $12,560 for non-residents*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

As well as being a primary educator of medical professionals, this university plays an integral role in the healthcare delivery system of the South Texas community and the nation. More than 2,700 students train at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) each year. In addition, the university's Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) is one of four recognized National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers within the state of Texas. This school is also on the cutting edge in research, investigating subjects such as preventive measures against age-related diseases, nontraditional diabetes treatments and methods for re-growing human tissue.

Doctor of Medicine with Distinction in Medical Education

This program requires the completion of a scholarly project that includes a teaching activity. A poster will also need to be presented at a medical conference. Students will submit to a medical publication and a capstone project will also be submitted to a committee. Throughout the MD program, students will need to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25. Coursework in the first year includes electives in alternative healthcare methods, medical Spanish, public health, and human rights in the healthcare field.

Doctor of Medicine with Distinction in Research

This program allows MD students to conduct research in the social, clinical, basic or translational sciences. This additional designation requires 640 hours, or four months, of focused work that can be completed over the course of four years, with progress reports and research logs. At the end of this program, a scientific manuscript based on research, and on which the student is the first author, must be delivered to the MD with Distinction in Research Committee for evaluation. Students work with a mentor or primary sponsor for this program to complete project goals.

Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health Dual Degree

The MD/MPH program is designed for students interested in community health, clinical research, epidemiology, health promotion, global health, preventive medicine, public policy and administration. It is offered in conjunction with the University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH) and allows students to earn their MD and MPH concurrently over the course of four years. A five-year track is also available. Online coursework is possible, as well, through this dual-degree program.

Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy Dual Degree

This dual degree program is designed to train the next generation of physician-scientists and uses a bench-to-bedside learning model. Students complete the first two years of the medical school curriculum, performing laboratory research during the summer before the first year of medical school, and again between years one and two. This is followed by three years of full-time research in preparation for the doctoral dissertation. After successful completion of the research requirements, students complete the final two years of medical school. Teaching is also integrated into the program requirements. PhD research tracks include cancer biology, genetics, immunology, biochemistry, physiology, neuroscience and translational science, to name a few. The degree can be completed in 7-8 years.

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