A Message from the Dean
Francisco Gonzalez-Scarano, MDWelcome to the UT School of Medicine in San Antonio - a great place to live, study, discover and practice medicine. A strong and supportive faculty, numerous opportunities for building clinical and research skills, and a high quality of life in a growing, prosperous city are a few of the reasons that distinguish us. Located in the heart of the South Texas Medical Center, we are a major part of the health care and bioscience industry of the area, and we have a firm commitment to serve the communities within San Antonio and the surrounding region. This commitment is reflected in the breadth and depth of our academic and clinical programs.
Many medical advances originated at our School of Medicine. For example, the Palmaz flexible coronary stent, the titanium rib, and the artificial shoulder were all discovered here. These productive and prolific results are due to a culture of innovation and creativity, coupled with a quest for excellence. We not only practice it, but we teach it.
This same faculty could not be more supportive of our students and their successes. Our faculty members are not only outstanding teachers but also leading scientists and clinicians. Students and faculty come together in a collaborative environment to discover and learn. This culture is enabled by the commitment our faculty foster - an attitude that permeates to the students. This support is shared through study groups, clubs, and student groups as well as through softball or soccer games, cycling teams, or student-run clinics.
Our Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) in Harlingen, Texas, gives our students an opportunity to see patients in one of the most medically underserved areas in the country. It is a place where our faculty and their rotating medical students are a central component of the healthcare system. The experiences at the RAHC give a unique richness to the clinical skills of our graduates.
We are proud of our faculty practice, UT Medicine San Antonio, with main facilities at the Medical Arts & Research Center (MARC). The Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC), one of only four sites in Texas to be recognized as a National Cancer Institute -designated Cancer Center, is also known for its world-class cancer care and its Phase 1 clinical trial programs. The CTRC's Institute for Drug Development and our faculty have been involved in the development of several cancer drugs that are now approved by the FDA. Our clinical enterprise is vigorous and growing.
San Antonio is the 7th largest city in America, and we have the most modern hospital facilities in the country. Our primary teaching partner - University Health System - was named best hospital in San Antonio in 2011 by US News & World Report. The University Hospital, which is staffed by our faculty, recently opened the first Cardiovascular Hybrid Suite in South Texas, supports the region's only Level 1 trauma center, a state-of-the-art neurosurgery group, and a nationally-known transplant center, all of it adjacent to our School.
The UT School of Medicine at San Antonio
The mission of the School of Medicine is to provide responsive and comprehensive education, research and service of the highest quality in order to meet the health-related needs of the citizens of Texas. In all aspects of fulfilling this mission, the School of Medicine is committed to fostering the broadest diversity and inclusion that ensures successful achievement of the institutional priorities to:
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) is an institute of health science education and research, located in the South Texas Medical Center, the medical district of the U.S. city of San Antonio, Texas.
UTHSCSA is the largest health sciences university in South Texas. Located in the South Texas Medical Center, it serves San Antonio and all of the 50,000 square miles (130,000 km2) area of central and south Texas. It extends to campuses in the metropolitan border communities of Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley.
With 24,000 graduates, more than 3,000 students a year train in an environment that involves more than 100 affiliated hospitals, clinics and health care facilities in South Texas. The university offers over 65 degrees, the majority of them being graduate and professional degrees, in the biomedical and health sciences fields.
UTHSCSA is home to the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) - a major National Cancer Institute supported Center. The CTRC's Institute for Drug Development (IDD) is internationally recognized for conducting the largest oncology Phase I clinical drug trials program in the world. Fifteen of the cancer drugs most recently approved by the Food & Drug Administration underwent development or testing at the IDD. Other noted programs include: structural biology, urology, nephrology, transplantation biology, and imaging/medical physics. It is ranked as the 14th largest medical school in the United States in terms of enrollment. The school publishes a periodic newsletter, The Mission.
In 2006, $263 million of facility upgrades were allocated for the campus by the University of Texas System Board of Regents. This included a $150 million 200,000-square-foot (19,000 m2) South Texas Research Facility (designed by super architect Rafael Vinoly), scheduled for inauguration in 2011.
Achievements, rankings and impact
The DNA sculpture is a familiar landmark on the main campus (as seen here from Floyd Curl Dr).
Dental School ranked one of world's highest overall.
Dental School ranked 4th worldwide in dental science publications.
Dental School ranked 1st in US News & World Report's last dental ranking printed in 1996.
University ranked 6th in the nation in clinical medicine research impact for the period 2001 to 2005.
The university is 51st in the world in the 2011 clinical medicine rankings.
1st for Hispanics in the medical school category.
1st in National Institutes of Health funding for aging research.
The Medical School ranked 48th in NIH funding for research grants among 3,181 institutes in 2004.
10th in NIH funding for Cellular and Structural Biology.
17th in NIH funding for Physiology.
University Hospital ranked among top 50 hospitals in the U.S. in three specialties: Respiratory Disorders, Kidney Disease and Hormonal Disorders (endocrinology, including diabetes care) for the sixth consecutive year (2005).
Research and accreditation
The university ranked 76th nationwide in 2005 in the number of faculty awards, tied with Virginia Tech, Arizona State University, Florida State University, Mayo Medical School, and Iowa State University.
The Palmaz Stent, developed by Dr. Julio Palmaz, has been named "one of the most important inventions in modern medicine".
UTHSCSA faculty members are among the world's most cited scientific authors, listed in the top one-half of one percent of all published scientists.
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine
Change the way you think about medical school. At the University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio, medical students are immersed in hands-on learning experiences that better prepare them for a career in medicine.
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