Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2014

2065  The University of Texas at San Antonio  (23625)

Principal Investigator: Heidner, Hans

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 334,858

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): Yes

Start and End Dates: 9/1/13 <> 8/31/16

Restricted Research: NO

Academic Discipline: BIO-PI-HEIDNER  

Department, Center, School, or Institute: none

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: UT FAME Facilitated Acceptance to Medical Education (FAME)

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: University of Texas System

Program Title: none


The FAME program is an innovative and fully integrated program that will award the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biology (UTSA) and the Doctor of Medicine degree (UTHSCSA) in six or seven years. Students will enter the program directly from high school or after their freshman year at UTSA completing three years of study at UTSA and three or four years of study at UTHSCSA. The FAME curriculum provides a broad based liberal education that emphasizes medically-relevant topics in the biosciences, natural sciences, and social/behavioral sciences. While some courses are fixed based on their contribution to the University core curriculum, efforts are made to justify the inclusion of every other course in the program based on its relevance to physician training and its contribution to the Transformation in Medical Education (TIME) principles. This unique undergraduate curriculum provides exposure to primary care medicine which serves as a foundation for further exploration in medical school. With this in mind, a small cohort of FAME applicants (self-identified as interested in primary care and a further reduced time to practice medicine) will be selected at admission to pilot a three year medical education program linked to the UTHSCSA Family Medicine Residency Program. This pilot program, “FAME PLUS” (see further details), is an extension of the program to include additional pre-commitments to students of an accelerated medical school pathway (three years), then linked to our Family Medicine Residency Program (three years) and fully supported by all tuition and fees for education sponsored through designated scholarships and community partnerships. The FAME curriculum has been designed with the end product, a professionally and technically skilled primary care physician, in mind. The curriculum will provide: - a strong foundation in the biomedical sciences, chemistry, and physics - a broad liberal education emphasizing the social and behavioral sciences - effective critical thinking skills - application of knowledge - identity as a professional Above all the curriculum provides the ability to demonstrate competency in a broad range of professionally-relevant skills, behaviors, and values that would serve as a foundation for a career in primary care medicine.

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