TYLER, Texas (KLTV) – Tyler’s new medical school could be up and running by the summer of 2023, according to Dr. Julie Philley, executive vice president of health affairs at the University of Texas at Tyler. The school’s plans were first announced in February 2020, but were quickly overshadowed by COVID-19. But a year and eight months later, the process of creating this school is well underway.
âIf all goes well and the entire application goes as planned, we hope this medical school will begin in the summer of 2023,â said Philley.
Philley said the medical school application process takes a long time – thousands of pages. They applied last spring and expect a site visit in late February, hoping to hear from you next summer. Philley said recruiting would begin shortly thereafter.
âIt will be 40 students per year. The medical school lasts four years, making a total of 160 students, âshe said.
The medical school will be the seventh in the UT system and the first in Northeast Texas, offering future local physicians a chance to train and practice without leaving the area.
âIn fact, these are the students we want,â said Philley. “We want the East Texas students who care about our communities and our people to train here and stay here.”
Students will likely start classes without a new building, but plans are already underway to build the facility.
âSo we can’t start enrolling students until we have permission from the accreditation body to do so,â said Philley. “But we can start enrolling students without a new building.”
Kevin Eltife, chairman of the UT System Board of Regents, first announced plans for the medical school in February 2020. He told KLTV the building would be located near UT Health East Texas and CHRISTUS Mother Frances.
“The higher medical education building will be in the hospital district,” he said. âSpecific site not yet done, but it will be by the two hospitals. “
Eltife said the school’s economic impact on East Texas will be “phenomenal.”
âWhen this community focuses on something, it does it,â he said. âI’ve seen it for the past 30 years. The generosity, the people who give of their time and their talent is incredible. And this medical school will be the proof. “
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