Twenty-two students from the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo and Houston will begin an innovative program this fall at The University of Texas-Pan American that is intended to cut the time needed to earn a medical degree to as little as six years.
The pilot program known as A PRIME-TIME (Accelerated Professionally Relevant Integrated Medical Education Transformation in Medical Education), or the APT program, is part of the larger UT System TIME (Transformation in Medical Education) initiative.
UT Pan American College of Science and Mathematics Dean John Trant, Ph.D., said the APT program is completely different from a conventional medical education curriculum.
“This is not just faster but it will make for better physicians. This is challenge-based instruction, new flipped classrooms and new criteria that we are looking for such as teamwork. This is not a competition,” Trant said. “We want them to be a team, that’s how you do medicine nowadays. It keeps them engaged and intrigued.”