UT institutions in San Antonio partner to address physician shortage

The University of Texas at San Antonio and the School of Medicine at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio are among a growing group of UT institutions that are addressing the region's physician shortage through TIME (Transformation in Medical Education) pilot programs.

The mission of the UT System TIME initiative is to offer a student-centered, clinically-focused curriculum that is one to two years shorter than the traditional eight years required to get an undergraduate and medical degree, which could save medical students roughly $20,000 and will provide a medical education that reflects the dramatic changes in patient care that have occurred in recent years.

UT San Antonio and UTHSC-San Antonio's School of Medicine have partnered for the program FAME (Facilitated Acceptance to Medical Education), which accepted its first students this spring into a seven-year Bachelor of Science degree in biology and Doctor of Medicine degree program. 

The first 20 students in the FAME program will start at UTSA this fall and are expected to graduate from the UTHSC-SA in 2020 with their medical degrees.

Three other pilot programs are in process at UT System institutions: PACT (Partnership in Advancing Clinical Transition) - UT Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical Center; SHAPE (UT Southwestern, Houston, Austin Professional Education) - UT Austin, UT Southwestern Medical Center and UT Health Science Center - Houston; and A-Prime (Accelerated Professional, Relevant, Integrated Medical Education) - UT Brownsville, UT El Paso, UT Pan Am, UT Medical Branch at Galveston and UT Health Science Center - Houston.

Learn more about FAME and some of the students who have been accepted into the program at UTHSCSA.edu.