The Robert M. Rogers Foundation Gifts $10 Million

‘Transformational’ gift addresses mental health care needs in East Texas TYLER, Texas (July 18, 2022) – The University of Texas at Tyler announced a $10 million gift from The Robert M. Rogers Foundation to its School of Medicine to support mental and behavioral health education. In recognition of this gift, the university will name its … Read more

School of Medicine Receives Notice of LCME Preliminary Accreditation

The University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine has received notification from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) that it has been granted preliminary accreditation, a monumental milestone that will allow the school to begin recruiting its first class of medical students for 2023.

“Many individuals have worked for years with relentless determination to make this medical school a reality. We have celebrated milestones along the way, and this is another significant one, because it means we are now ready to open the doors to medical students in Tyler,” said Kevin P. Eltife, chairman of the UT System Board of Regents. “By extension, it means opening doors to individuals who seek greater access to healthcare. It means enhancing our region as a destination point to live, train, work, and contribute to our economic vitality.”

“This achievement is the result of a transformative gift from the ETMC Foundation and both the visionary governance and the resources from the UT System Board of Regents.  Additional support from elected leadership, donors and the community were essential to the medical school moving forward. I thank our vice provost, dean and faculty for their expertise in guiding us through this complex process and bringing us one step closer to enrolling our first class in July 2023,” said Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, UT Tyler president.

In preparation to launch the medical school, UT Tyler announced Brigham C. Willis, MD, Med, FAAP as the founding dean. Willis, who last served as associate dean for medical education at the University of California, Riverside, will lead the recruitment efforts of new students and establishment of the curriculum and facilities for the school. “This notification allows us to launch the next phase of accepting student applications and conducting interviews,” Willis said. “I am very excited about the next phases in the process. We owe a great thanks to Dr. Sue Cox, our associate dean of continuous quality improvement and accreditation, for leading this accreditation effort.”

Following years of strategic planning that included funding, partnerships, and legislative and regents’ authorization, the UT Tyler School of Medicine met the established standards for structure, function and performance set by the LCME.

“I am grateful for the guidance and support of Chairman Eltife and the UT System Board of Regents and executive leaders, the Texas Legislature, faculty, staff and community members for joining forces to pave the way for our new school of medicine,” said Julie Philley, MD, executive vice president for health affairs and vice provost. “I am excited to not only participate in its launch, but to witness firsthand the way it will transform our community.”

The vision for the School of Medicine is to train committed, empathic, diverse and exceptional physician leaders to significantly reduce health disparities and enhance the quality of life in rural East Texas.  

Full accreditation for the School of Medicine is expected after the first class of students matriculates and the LCME determines that the school has demonstrated the effectiveness of the education program and continued compliance.

“From regents to elected officials, community leaders to philanthropists, and the UT Tyler leadership, everyone has shared in the equity in this effort, and I could not be happier for UT Tyler and East Texas,” added Eltife.

UT Tyler Welcomes 52 New Residents and Receives Two New Fellowships

The University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center (HSC) had another successful medical residency “Match Day” this year filling 52 slots with new resident physicians and five fellows who will start their medical training throughout East Texas July 1, 2022. UT Tyler Health Science Center is the only university in this part of the … Read more

Health Science Center Program Partnership featured in Special Edition of the Texas Public Health Journal

The University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center (HSC) was recently recognized in the Texas Public Health Association (TPHA) Journal regarding their ongoing support and recruitment efforts for the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program. All of Us aims to improve health through research, for the goal of creating a diverse … Read more

Anonymous Gift Continues Momentum for UT Tyler School of Medicine

The University of Texas at Tyler announced the second $4 million gift to its School of Medicine. The anonymous gift will support the School of Medicine scholarships and faculty research. “We are tremendously appreciative of this gift to our new School of Medicine,” said UT Tyler President Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, FACP. “We continue to … Read more

2021 Northeast Texas Health Status Report

A recently released study by the School of Community and Rural Health at the Health Science Center at UT Tyler on the health of Northeast Texas residents found that Northeast Texans experience higher mortality rates compared to Texas overall and to the U.S. Persons age 35-44 years old are seeing the greatest relative increased risk … Read more

HSC Top Researcher Award Recipient of the Gilead Research Scholars Program

Maolin Lu, PhD, an assistant professor of cellular and molecular biology at the Health Science Center at UT Tyler (HSC) has been recognized as an award recipient of the Gilead Research Scholars (GRS) program. Lu, along with six other scholars across the nation were awarded this distinguished honor. Dr. Lu joined the health science center … Read more

Board of Regents authorizes UT Tyler to acquire land for new School of Medicine

The University of Texas System Board of Regents today authorized The University of Texas at Tyler to purchase land for its School of Medicine. UT Tyler intends to finalize the purchase of approximately five acres of land, located in the heart of the medical district in Tyler. “Acquiring land for the medical education building is … Read more