I’m pleased to share some exciting news — that beginning this fall, UTA undergraduates who are interested in medicine, health sciences and related research careers will soon be able to learn from physician-mentors in a hospital setting, a truly unique opportunity. We are collaborating with Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States, to offer the Pre-Medical Student Preceptorship Program to select, high-achieving students who will shadow physicians in the operating room and in patient settings through our new six-week, for-credit course.
This program will not only benefit our students but also the UT Arlington community at large. Currently, America is struggling to produce enough physicians to meet the demands of an aging population. This program will create a pipeline of future physicians, many who will return to serve our community.
The Pre-Med Preceptorship Program will further our biomedical and health science education and research in alignment with the University’s Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions | Global Impact, and it is another example of how UTA provides the very best academic experiences for our students. While the pilot project began with students from the College of Science, we are expanding the interdisciplinary program to include bioengineering and kinesiology students from the colleges of Engineering and Nursing and Health Innovation this fall.