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UT Medical School - Galveston

UT Medical School - Galveston has a longstanding commitment to, and track record of success in, developing innovative medical curricula. The current Integrated Medical Curriculum is an example of successfully identifying academic goals, implementing cooperative efforts across medical disciplines and achieving improvements in measurable educational outcomes. The UT TIME initiative provides an opportunity to extend these principles to premedical education, to further innovate our curriculum and to strengthen partnerships with UT System institutions. UT Medical School - Galveston proposes to achieve the objectives of the TIME initiative with an educationally sound process emphasizing a Pre-Health Professions Program, competency-based advancement, professional identify formation and inclusion of non-traditional topics important to future physicians.

The overarching structure of the initiative begins with identification of educationally-appropriate goals which will form the basis for judging success in both learners and the educational program. UT Medical School - Gaveston will collaboratively identify competencies that students must demonstrate at key milestones - before provisional admission to the medical program and before moving to the medical campus. UT Medical School - Gaveston will collaborate with the A-PRIME TIME partner institutions to:

  • Develop a Pre-Health Professions Academy utilizing the existing UTMB McGovern Student Society structure as a template for developing a supportive atmosphere which provides students a longitudinal home for mentoring, experiential learning, professional and cultural adaptation relevant to professional identity formation, and career choice.
  • Establish learner competencies appropriate for program entry, provisional acceptance to medical school and completion of the MD degree utilizing educationally sound instructional strategies such as PBL, TBL and practical experiences, and establish appropriate competency assessment strategies, such as problem-solving MCQ exams, communication challenges and performance-based OSCEs. This will require revision or creation of premedical courses tailored to health professions and creation of medical school experiences focused on student learning.
  • Develop conceptual approaches to professional identity formation and assessment capitalizing on the perspectives of the more than two dozen faculty members of UTMB’s Institute for the Medical Humanities and UTMS-H’s McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics.


Michael Ainsworth, Associate Dean for Educational Affairs
Office: Marvin Graves 1.216 / Phone: 409-772-2109

Gregory Asimakis, Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs
Office: Marvin Graves 3.104 / Phone: 409-747-1748

Howard Brody, Director, Institute for the Medical Humanities
Office: Primary Care Pavilion 2.301 / Phone: 409-772-9386

Ann Frye, Assistant Dean for Educational Development
Office: Marvin Graves 1.204 / Phone: 409-772-2791

Mark Holden, Director, Educational Innovation
Office: John Sealy Annex 4.118 / Phone: 409-772-1176

Steven Lieberman, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
Office: Administration 5.106 / Phone: 409-772-3619

Judith Rowen, Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs
Office: Marvin Graves 1.214 / Phone: 409-747-0267

Karen Szauter, Medical Director, Standardized Patient Program
Office: Marvin Graves 3.312 / Phone: 409-772-6300



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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