TYLER, Texas (June 20, 2022) – The University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine has been notified by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) that it has obtained preliminary accreditation, a monumental step that will allow school to begin is recruiting its first class of medical students for 2023.
“Many people have worked for years with unwavering determination to make this medical school a reality. We’ve celebrated milestones along the way, and this is another significant milestone because it means we’re now ready to open the doors to medical students at Tyler,” said Kevin P. Eltife, Board Chairman of administration of the UT system. “By extension, this means opening doors for people who want better access to health care. It means promoting our region as a place of destination for living, training, working and contributing to our economic vitality.
“This achievement is the result of a transformative gift from the ETMC Foundation and both the visionary governance and resources of the UT System Board. Additional support from elected leaders, donors and the community was essential for the medical school to move forward. I thank our Vice Provost, Dean and Professor for their expertise in guiding us through this complex process and bringing us closer to enrolling our first class in July 2023,” said Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, President. from UT Tyler.
In preparation for the launch of the medical school, UT Tyler announced Brigham C. Willis, MD, Med, FAAP as the founding dean. Willis, who served as associate dean for medical education at the University of California, Riverside, will lead efforts to recruit new students and set up the school’s curriculum and facilities. “This notification allows us to begin the next phase of accepting student applications and conducting interviews,” Willis said. “I’m very excited about the next phases of the process.”
After years of strategic planning including funding, partnerships, and legislative and regent authorization, UT Tyler School of Medicine has met the established standards for structure, function, and performance set by the LCME.
“I am grateful for the guidance and support of President Eltife and the UT System Board of Trustees and executive leaders, the Texas Legislature, faculty, staff, and community members for joining forces to pave the way for our new medical school,” Julie said. Philley, MD, executive vice president for health affairs and vice provost. “I’m thrilled to not only be a part of its launch, but to see firsthand how it will transform our community.”
The School of Medicine’s vision is to develop engaged, empathetic, diverse, and exceptional physician leaders to dramatically reduce health disparities and improve the quality of life in rural East Texas.
Full accreditation of the School of Medicine is expected after enrollment of the first class of students and the LCME determines that the school has demonstrated educational program effectiveness and continued compliance.
“From regents to elected officials, community leaders to philanthropists, to UT Tyler leaders, everyone has shared fairness in this effort, and I couldn’t be happier for UT Tyler and the east Texas,” Eltife added.
About UT Tyler
With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT Tyler offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs to 10,000 students. UT Tyler recently merged with the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Tyler (now known as the UT Tyler Health Sciences Center). Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center (HSC) and UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education, cutting-edge research, and excellent patient care. Listed by Carnegie as a doctoral research institution and by US News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in Tyler, Longview, Palestine, and Houston.