Educating Future Physician Leaders

I think it’s pretty clear that if you’re looking at medical education, this is the most exciting place in the whole country right now. If a friend was choosing between medical schools and he asked me: “should I come to Dell?” I would one hundred percent say yes. I think like a lot of people who came here, I was attracted by the idea of doing something different. I didn’t just want to train to become a physician, I want to train to be able to tackle the problems that we’re having in healthcare. The people in Austin, they voted for the medical school. They wanted to see healthcare transform, and they felt like having a medical school in Austin would do the trick. It makes it that much more meaningful for me as a physician to work here knowing that your community’s behind you, and that they care about the health and the people that live here too. Dell’s taking a more modern approach to healthcare. They’re making sure to collaborate across disciplines with the goal of making healthcare better. I’m most excited about the curriculum. I think that this is the right way to teach medicine: if you present students with cases, they’re going to remember things better than just presenting them with a bunch of facts that they have to memorize. We set up the coursework to align the clinical and the social aspects of medicine with the basic sciences. The first year is created as a pass/fail, so it’s in our best interest to really just help each other out. What we’re all aiming for is to get the knowledge. At Dell, because we’re in such small groups, there’s a lot of personal interaction with your professors. The ratio of faculty and students is unlike any other medical school in the country. You can email them, you can put something on the discussion board, and they always get back to us really fast with an answer. People want you to be here. The doctors, the teachers, they’re very interested in reaching out and and guiding you along your path, and the community wants better healthcare, and so there’s that sense that you have a bigger purpose as a medical student. Dell Med’s vision really emphasizes what inclusivity means, not just faculty and staff here but also the community and the students themselves shape the courses and research opportunities that students can participate in. We have a lot of freedom to do what we want to do, and to really make a big impact in the community We’re not fitting ourselves into a box; we kind of get to build the box ourselves.

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