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UT Regents approve project cost of $308M for UT Tyler Medical Education Building construction

Investment will improve health outcomes and enable new economic development

AUSTIN, Texas - The University of Texas Board of Regents today gave final authorization for design, development, and additional construction funding for the University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine’s new Medical Education Building – approving a total project cost of $308 million for the facility. The UT Tyler School of Medicine will welcome its first cohort of students to campus in the summer of 2023 and the building is expected to be completed in March 2025.

“By approving the total project cost, design development and allocation of funds for the new Medical Education Building today, the regents are taking the next pivotal step in launching the UT System’s 7th medical school – one that is specifically dedicated to benefitting Northeast Texas for generations,” said Kevin P. Eltife, Chairman of the UT Board of Regents.

The Medical Education Building, a planned five-story, nearly 248,000-square-foot facility, will support interdisciplinary education for graduate medical students, resident training, and nursing, and aid as part of a medical education program expansion throughout the UT Health East Texas Health System. In addition, the Medical Education Building will provide outpatient and specialty clinical services with exam rooms, specimen collection/processing, and imaging facilities.

“This facility provides the physical cornerstone of UT Tyler’s plan to train physicians and meet health care needs across the state, while also growing workforce opportunities and economic development in the region,” said UT System Chancellor James B. Milliken.

The Medical Education Building will be built in Tyler’s Midtown District and will connect via skybridge to the UT Health East Texas Hospital – allowing for hands-on learning of residents in the adjacent hospitals.  It is designed to have blended programming and clinical spaces for patient care, including women's imaging, women's health, diagnostic center, orthopedics, and sports medicine, pulmonary and a surgery center to support medical residents in the graduate medical education programs.

“I am immensely grateful to the UT System Board of Regents, Chancellor Milliken and our community of supporters who have been instrumental in the efforts to enhance health education for East Texas,” said UT Tyler President Kirk A. Calhoun.

The UT Tyler School of Medicine will be the first in northeast Texas, offering aspiring doctors a chance to train and practice without leaving the region. Capital projects funded over the next decade, including the new Medical Education Building, will ensure the new medical school has the right environment in place to draw and retain exceptional medical school faculty and students and enhance biomedical research and core residency programs.

About The University of Texas System

For more than 130 years, The University of Texas System has been committed to improving the lives of Texans and people all over the world through education, research and health care. With 13 institutions that enroll more than 240,000 students collectively, the UT System is one of the largest public university systems in the United States. UT institutions produce more than 67,000 graduates annually and award more than one-third of the state’s undergraduate degrees and more than 60% of its medical degrees. Collectively, UT-owned and affiliated hospitals and clinics accounted for more than 10.6 million outpatient visits and more than 2 million hospital days in 2021. UT institutions are among the most innovative in the world, collectively ranking No. 3 for most U.S. patents granted in 2021, and the UT System ranks No. 1 in Texas and No. 2 in the nation for federal research expenditures. The UT System also is one of the largest employers in Texas, with more than 22,000 faculty – including Nobel laureates and members of the National Academies – and more than 93,000 health care professionals, researchers and support staff. The UT System has an operating budget of $25.2 billion.

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