What Makes Us Different

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Starting from scratch:

Dell Medical School carries no legacy programs or historical baggage. It is free to create a culture of innovation, new thinking and collaboration, and to design curriculum, strategies and business models around the needs and opportunities of 21st-century medicine.

Unprecedented community partnership:

No other medical school relies so heavily on its community for support, financial and otherwise. That creates a unique connection between Austin and Dell Medical School, which is determined to create value and improve health in every part of its community as it works to make Austin a model healthy city.

Tier One Foundation:

Dell Medical School is the first new medical school to be built on the campus of an AAU-recognized research university in nearly 50 years. This creates powerful synergies between the school and ongoing innovation pouring from other parts of campus.

Key community partnerships:

More than a year before it opened, Dell Medical School cemented partnerships with the Seton Healthcare Family and Central Health, Travis County’s health care district. These relationships — with, respectively, one of the Austin area’s biggest health care providers and the public agency charged with serving the poor and uninsured — help create a learning community in which students receive cutting-edge training and medical school leaders give better innovations to the people and providers who need them.


Keep Austin healthy:

Dell Medical School has as its home a city renowned for vibrancy and creativity. This creates a powerful draw for innovators and entrepreneurs who want to work with the medical school, as well as a chance for unique collaborations with leaders such as South by Southwest.

A special vision:

Dell Medical School is measured not by the size of its buildings and budgets, but rather by the health of its community. This outward-facing identity is captured in the school’s unique vision of “a vital, inclusive health ecosystem” and its mission: to revolutionize the way people get and stay healthy in ways that make Austin a model healthy city.

Cutting-edge curriculum:

By creating a curriculum from scratch, Dell Medical School integrated some of the most forward-thinking teaching and training innovations from across the country, and then created its own to fill in the gaps. The school’s curriculum features more familiar innovations such as flipped classrooms, team-based learning and fully integrated coursework, as well as entirely new creations such as an “Innovation, Leadership & Discovery Year” in Year 3 of school — all with a goal of creating not just doctors but physician leaders.

Department structure:

Dell Medical School departments weaves in traditional subject areas (such as surgery, pediatrics, neurology, psychiatry) with modern needs (such as population health and informatics, women’s health, and design- and policy-focused issues).

Value-focused model:

Dell Medical School is creating a business model that funds its mission in part through care-delivery redesign, technological advances and lab discoveries that save money and create value for consumers.

Person-centered care:

Dell Medical School seeks not just to show students how to treat the sick, but to revolutionize the way people get healthy and stay healthy. The focus on person-centered care runs through everything from the school’s curriculum to its partnership with the LIVESTRONG Foundation on the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes, which were founded at the school.