Progress & Impact 2022
In 2012, Travis County voters took the visionary step of passing Proposition 1 to create a new medical school at UT Austin dedicated to improving health for all. Today, Dell Medical School is working with diverse community and clinical partners to do just that.
See examples of Dell Med’s impact on Central Texas communities, including people with low income, as presented to the Central Health Board of Managers in July 2022.
More Doctors & More Care
Attracting New Doctors
As of March 2022, Dell Med is directly or indirectly connected to attracting 415 new doctors to Austin since 2014. That’s 10% of physicians in Travis County.
644 Residency Grads, 71% Practicing in Texas
Graduate medical education programs (residencies and fellowships) are an important way that cities attract new doctors — nationally, 57% of physicians who complete residency training practice in the state of their training (AAMC U.S. GME data, 2011-2020). Of the 644 residents who have graduated from Dell Med programs, 432 immediately entered practice, with 71% practicing in Texas.
1 Million+ Hours of Care
About 65% (200 of 306) of faculty members employed by Dell Med work in the community, providing 280,000 hours of care annually at Ascension Seton, CommUnityCare Health Centers, Integral Care and other safety-net partners (excluding UT Health Austin). Residents and fellows, meanwhile, provide another 730,000-plus hours of care each year.
Additionally, 42% of these faculty members specialize in areas of need identified in Central Health’s Equity-Focused Service Delivery Strategic Plan.
Residency & Fellowship Programs Co-Sponsored With Ascension Seton
After Residency Training
Care by UT Health Austin In the Last Year
Including Care for the Underserved
Expanding Specialty Care in Central Texas
30 New Specialty & Complex Care Programs
In collaboration with Ascension Seton, UT Health Austin is home to five adult partner programs — including 30 new subspecialty and complex care programs — as well as seven pediatric partner programs. These feature multiple new specialty and complex care services, many of which were previously unavailable in Central Texas.
First Pediatric Heart Transplant in Travis Co.
The creation of the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease resulted in the first pediatric heart transplant in Travis County in 2020. The center has performed 16 transplants and 1,136 other pediatric heart surgeries.
Help for High-Risk Babies
The Comprehensive Fetal Care Center provides complex gynecological care that was previously unavailable in Central Texas. The center successfully delivered 87 highest-risk babies during its first 12 months.
More Help for Mental Health
Services & Resources for 300+ Schools
The Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine program provides pediatric mental health services and resources for 300-plus schools and 230,000 students, resulting in 6,000-plus appointments and 1,500-plus referrals.
Reimagining Austin State Hospital
In collaboration with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and diverse partners, Dell Med is leading a $300 million redesign of the Austin State Hospital to design a new 240-bed facility and to collaboratively develop an innovative model for a continuum of care.
Collaborative Research to Better Health
Dell Med’s research environment works to accelerate scientific discovery into tools for healing and healthy lives.
Equity in Health Care
Caring for People Experiencing Homelessness
The Mobile Medical and Mental Health Care Team, or the M3 Team, is one of several programs and partnerships caring for hundreds of people chronically experiencing homelessness. The team includes faculty and staff from Dell Med, CommUnityCare and Integral Care.
Free, Student-Led Clinic
At the C.D. Doyle Clinic, Dell Med students join with volunteer physicians and UT nursing and pre-health undergraduate students to provide services to people experiencing homelessness.
Embedding Community Health Workers
Community health workers embedded within Dell Med help improve health care access and inequities in partnership with Dell Seton Medical Center, Lone Star Circle of Care, Go Austin/Vamos Austin, CommUnityCare and Integral Care.
Increasing Preventative Screenings
Improving Health Beyond Clinics & Hospitals
Community Health Workers are addressing socials needs and building relationships with often underserved communities through frontline work.
Multidisciplinary teams at Dell Medical School are leveraging community partnerships and world-class research to improve the spectrum of cancer prevention and care, with a special focus on vulnerable populations.
In a cross-campus collaboration, Dell Med is advancing the role of social work as an agent of health care transformation.
The Center for Youth Mental Health supports young people transitioning into adulthood and living with mental illness so that they have the tools they need to become healthy, productive and independent adults.
Population health researchers at Dell Med found that kids living in Travis County are hospitalized for asthma at a significantly higher rate than U.S. children overall.