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The TIME initiative is an opportunity for academic institutions and medical schools to work together in a new cooperative approach to educating the physicians of tomorrow in a way that will be more efficient and provide a richer educational experience for our students.

Donna E. Ekal, Ph.D.,
Associate Provost, Office for Undergraduate Studies University of Texas at El Paso​

UT El Paso (UTEP)

UTEP is fully committed to be the first national research university with and for a 21st century student demographic. With a mission that focuses on the educational ideas of access, opportunity, and excellence, UTEP is internationally-known for creating exceptional academic opportunities for a largely first-generation and mostly Hispanic student population as well as for its innovative approaches to higher education. UTEP will develop a curricular model that is but one segment of a redesign of undergraduate and graduate education to better prepare students for career success through recognition of both the breadth and depth of knowledge required in today’s world for graduate education, health-related professional careers and the preparation of tomorrow’s 9–16 teachers and university faculty.

As a member of the A-PRIME TIME partnership, UTEP seeks to develop a curricular model that is innovative, competency-based, integrated, accessible, and translatable to diverse student populations, cost-conscious and able to produce qualified, passionate and culturally-cognizant professionals more efficiently and effectively in cooperation with the other A-PRIME TIME UT academic institutions and medical schools. The result will be an integrated and accelerated undergraduate and medical school curriculum that allows for multiple entry points, professional identity development, smooth integration from college to medical school and will ensure progress to degree with final completion of both BS and M.D. degrees. Key to the program is the collaboration and integration of faculty in the colleges and medical schools in the design and implementation.

The innovative approach to our model occurs in the fourth year of the program; this swirl year is an integration of the fourth year of a typical undergraduate education and the 1st year in medical school. During this swirl year, students will remain on the academic institution campus while engaged in the final advanced undergraduate courses and medical school courses that serve as dual credit toward the completion of the BS degree and initiation of the M.D. degree.


Donna Ekal, Associate Provost, Office for Undergraduate Studies
Office: ASB 218 / Phone: 915-747-6500

Stephen Aley, Associate Dean, College of Science Professor, Biology
Office: 100 Bell Hall / Phone: 915-747-5536

Eddie Casteñeda, Chair, Department of Psychology
Office: 109 Psychology / Phone: 915-747-6558

Kristin Gosselink, Assistant Professor, Biology
Office: 2.173 Biosciences / Phone: 915-747-6877

Marian Manciu, Associate Professor, Physics
Office: 215E Physical Science / Phone: 915-747-7531

Anny Morrobel-Sosa, Dean, College of Science
Office: 100 Bell Hall / Phone: 915-747-8826

Mahesh Narayan, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Office: 201 Physical Science / Phone: 915-747-6614

Mary Wells, Director, Medical Professions Institute
Office: 113 Academic Advising Center / Phone: 915-747-5230



Dr. ​Hugo Rodriguez, Director

Office: BRHP 1.124
Phone: 956-882-5046

​Dr. Manuel G. Saldivar
Office: SET B 1.510

Phone: 956-882-7163

Elizabeth Peña
Office: SET B 1.510

Phone: 956-882-7156​


Biomedical Research
and Health Professions
BRHP 2.101

Phone:  956-882-5744

Fax:  956-882-5003


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