It seems like each year (despite the questionable politics of Washington), the number of competitive med school applicants increases. In the context of a physician shortage, this metric seems advantageous; however, we simply don’t have enough institutions (especially centered around primary care) which can accommodate the growing needs of healthcare.
Enter Austin – a rapidly growing city centered around a young-adult population (courtesy of the University of Texas at Austin) and a blossoming tech sector. This blend of a youthful, innovative workforce in the context of “the Silicon Valley of the south” is a perfect venue to establish a new medical school system. If done right (and pockets are deep enough), they can pave the way for unprecedented research and educational modalities by tapping into nearby tech powerhouses like Dell Inc. Imagine all the “smart” technologies this could potentially breed. Imagine the endeavors which could be pursued in tandem with UT Austin’s well known engineering and business schools. Pretty exciting stuff!
Texas currently has 9 certified medical schools. NINE. We even have our own common application system (TMDSAS). In the fall of 2016, Dell Medical School will open its doors and become the tenth medical school in the Lone Star State, and as a Texan, I can only express one sentiment: “It’s about time!!” I can’t wait to hear about all the “full-ride” scholarships they’ll offer to entice people to matriculate there. 😉