Attend Biomedical Academic Boot Camp to Prepare for New Semester
TEXAS – AUGUST 15, 2013 – Arnulfo Garza,
18, of Valle Hermoso, Mexico has dreamed of becoming a doctor since he was a
are telling us what a good doctor is made of and they tell us we are not going
to be just another doctor, but the best out there,” said Garza, a recent
graduate of First Baptist School in Brownsville and a freshman biomedical
Dr. Hugo Rodriguez in the Department of Biomedicine makes a presentation to APRIME-TIME students earlier this week at an academic boot camp.
and more than 20 incoming UTB freshmen are attending the two-week summer
program to prepare for the start of the 2013-14 academic year on Monday,
Aug. 26. The day-long sessions began Monday, Aug. 12 and end Friday,
Aug. 23. Some of the topics being covered include medical ethics, critical
thinking skills and refresher lessons in chemistry, English, mathematics and
classes are a lot of what the MCAT is based on,” said Vanessa Botello, 18, a
freshman biomedical sciences major from Brownsville and a recent graduate of
Hanna High School. “Some of it is from high school. Some of the material is
new. I’ve never taken statistics before. We are getting clinical cases now
which are neat.”
students are the first cohort of the APRIME-TIME initiative, an academic track
in the bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences in the College of Biomedical
Sciences. The APRIME-TIME initiative is a pre-med/medical program enabling
students to complete a bachelor’s degree and a doctor of medicine degree in six
the academic track, the first three years of academic work would be for the
bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences.
will take classes for full semesters and for partial semesters. Besides the
general core curriculum, biomedical students will take classes like
Introductory Molecular Biology, Introductory Cell Biology, Neurochemistry and
Introductory Medical Genetics.
first-year students are taking 18 semester credit hours this fall.
think it’s really going to be challenging,” said Garza. “It’s not the same
scenario as in high school. You have to be fast and strong with these classes.
I think all the people here are going to adjust.”
Dr. Hugo Rodriguez, an Assistant
Professor of Anatomy and Physiology in the Department of Biomedicine and
Director of the APRIME-TIME initiative, gave students a preview of the rigorous
work they would do. He held an afternoon session earlier this week on Flip
Teaching involving students listening to lectures and watching videos online at
home and solving real-life case studies in the classroom. He is using the
teaching method in his Gross Anatomy course.
really like these students,” said Rodriguez. “I was pleased. They are so
similar to the biomedical students from last year. They are challenging us and
asking a lot of questions. They are active learners.”
the end of the third year, students would have already received acceptance
letters from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and The
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
fourth year would be combined with undergraduate work and the first year of
medical school. The fifth and six years would be at the medical school.
initiative is a partnership between the UT System, UTB, The University of Texas
– El Paso, The University of Texas – Pan American in Edinburg, The University
of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and The University of Texas Health Science
Center at Houston.
Dr. Hugo Rodriguez in the Department of Biomedicine makes a presentation to
APRIME-TIME students earlier this week at an academic boot camp.