What you need to know about the new medical school at The University of Texas

January 7, 2015 Austin

We’re thrilled that The University of Texas at Austin will soon have its own medical school. For those that once ruled the campus, you’ll notice quite a transformation is taking place where the Erwin Center used to be on Red River. Lots of new construction come with lots of questions so below is our summary of the most common Q&A’s.

Q: When will it open?
A: The Dell Medical School at the University of Texas is scheduled to admit its first class in 2016.

Q: Where did the funding come from?
A: The school was launched after Travis County voters elected in 2012 to increase their property taxes, in part to support the medical school and make Austin a center for comprehensive cancer care. In August 2014, the LIVESTRONG Foundation announced a $50 million gift to the medical school. This gift will be used to establish the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes.

Q: Will there be a hospital affiliated with the medical school?
A: Yes. Seton Healthcare Family’s new $295 million, 211-bed teaching hospital will be named Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas. Construction of Seton Medical Center at UT will begin in late 2014; it is slated to open in 2017.

Q: Where will the hospital and medical school be located?
A: Both buildings will be located on the new medical campus around the corner of 15th and Red River Streets in Austin.

Q: Does the new medical school have a dean yet?
A: Yes. Dr. S. Claiborne “Clay” Johnston is the dean of the Dell Medical School. He was formerly associate vice chancellor of research at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a practicing neurologist.

Q: Will more medical conferences come to Austin because of the new school?
A: Yes and that’s why we are over the moon excited to break the ground and get construction underway. Along with the JW Marriott opening in February 2015 with a 1000+ new sleeping rooms, we will have finally have enough hotel rooms to accommodate the larger medical meetings. Let us know how we can help.

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