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A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity The last new medical school at a Tier 1 research university opened nearly half a century ago. Much has changed since then — in medicine, technology and society. Even the most modern medical schools are shackled by aging infrastructures, outdated practices and institutional baggage. Starting from scratch, Dell Medical School is free of those constraints — free to reimagine the role of academic medicine in transforming health and health care. Working with a vast array of partners, Dell Medical School is using this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rethink everything.

“I’m not interested in creating just another medical school.” Clay Johnston, MD, PhD Dean, Frank and Charmaine Denius Distinguished Dean’s Chair Vice President for Medical Affairs

The right team in the right place at the right time. Gregory L. Fenves, President The University of Texas at Austin

Innovation is in our DNA With nothing as a given, we are exploring new ways of turning future doctors into visionary leaders, providing health care that costs less and does more, and speeding medical breakthroughs from the lab to the people who need them. Dell Medical School has a vision of enabling a vital, inclusive health ecosystem and making Austin a model healthy city — a learning community that can be replicated elsewhere and scaled. The school’s mission is to revolutionize how people get and stay healthy. The first step: taking nothing for granted.

“The goal is to transform education and training for the next generation of physician leaders.” Susan Cox, MD Executive Vice Dean for Academics Chair, Medical Education

Creative solutions for better care We believe it’s possible to provide better health outcomes at a lower cost by changing the way we pay for care. What if we rewarded what we want to encourage — keeping people healthy — rather than the number of office visits or hospital stays?

Building a better health system requires a new approach. The Design Institute for Health, part of UT Austin’s College of Fine Arts, is using creative problem solving to explore policy reforms that promote wellness, both in individuals and the larger population.

Photo courtesy of the LIVESTRONG Foundation

“It’s all about enabling an entire ecosystem to improve health.” Kevin Bozic, MD, MBA Chair, Surgery and Perioperative Care

Photo courtesyPhoto of thecourtesy LIVESTRONG of Central Foundation Health

A trailblazing medical district Dell Medical School anchors a medical community as enterprising as the people working there. With design and technology that redefine stateof-the-art, the medical school’s education, research and health services buildings form the heart of a burgeoning medical district in downtown Austin that serves as a demonstration lab for health innovation. Indoor and outdoor open spaces create a dynamic atmosphere that fosters collaboration and discovery. The natural beauty of Waller Creek, which flows through the site, provides inspiration and serves as a backdrop for community gatherings.

From left: Dean Clay Johnston, President Greg Fenves and Sen. Kirk Watson

“The school’s architecture is attuned to a new approach in education.” Larry Speck, architect W. L. Moody Jr. Centennial Professor in Architecture The University of Texas at Austin

Team-Based Learning Environment

Education & Administration Building

Dell Medical School celebrates creativity, diversity and innovation — all with a focus on improving health and making Austin a model healthy city.

Health Services & Research Buildings

Discovery in high gear A culture that rewards creative thinking and encourages continuous, rapid-fire experimentation and innovation is essential to accelerating discovery — and impact. At Dell Medical School, a creative culture is coming to life as designers reimagine an ideal clinical care environment and work to improve the patient and physician

experience. In another area, research experts are collaborating across UT Austin to develop programs such as Texas Health Catalyst, which identifies promising health research and helps researchers navigate the pathway to commercializing beneficial products, getting them into consumers’ hands more quickly.

“Innovation needs to happen in months, not in the decades we’ve come to expect in health.” Mini Kahlon, PhD Vice Dean, Partnerships and Strategy

Health Science summer camp students learning about casts. Photo courtesy of People’s Community Clinic

A shared vision Dell Medical School exists because of the backing of our community: the people of Travis County who invested in a vision for better health — from local physicians and community leaders to entrepreneurs, UT Austin alumni and families — and key partners such as Central Health, Seton Healthcare Family, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the LIVESTRONG Foundation, UT Austin and the UT System. The school’s faculty, residents and fellows are already at work in health clinics providing a wide range of care, particularly to underserved populations. New resources for mental health and clinical care are taking shape in East Austin through a pioneering partnership with Huston-Tillotson University, and Health Sciences Summer Camps are bringing new ideas and possibilities to middle and high school students.

“Partnership with our community is at the heart of our mission to help people get and stay healthy.” William Lawson, MD, PhD Associate Dean for Health Disparities

Be a part of something big Dell Medical School has the freedom to innovate and take risks thanks to the strength of the institution it calls home. UT Austin’s physical and intellectual infrastructure, reputation and dedication to excellence all contribute to the medical school’s success, as do its diverse and valued partners. Just as important are the donors who share their time, ideas and resources, providing the raw materials essential to achieving our goals. We invite you to invest in and be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rethink everything — to collaboratively envision what we want health and health education to be in the 21st century.

What are you ready to rethink?

This is about a revolution in health. William H. McRaven, Chancellor The University of Texas System

“hoping to start a mini revolution”

“seeking out firebrands to lead the way” “Austin’s most radical new idea”

Dell Medical School Viewbook 2015  

The future of medical education, care and research is taking shape at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, the firs...

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