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.”