Fort Worth M.D. school seats inaugural class

Sixty students made history when they arrived this summer at the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine, the nation’s newest M.D. school.

Adding to the academic offerings of both universities, this collaborative new medical school represents an expansion of health professions training in Fort Worth. With a curriculum designed to transform medical education, the medical school will focus on creating physicians who are compassionate leaders prepared for the future.

Sixty percent of the inaugural class of the new TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine are women and 58% self-identifies with one or more of the school-defined diversity domains. With an impending national shortage of more than 120,000 clinicians by 2030 and an educational environment that hasn’t changed in more than 100 years, the Fort Worth medical school is training physicians as “empathetic scholars” who are compassionate, excel in new technology and can communicate effectively with patients.

The 60 students come to the School of Medicine from across the United States, representing 34 undergraduate colleges and universities, as well as eight graduate institutions. Here’s more about the Class of 2023:

  • 60% women; 40% men.
  • Average age is 24.
  • Students have bachelor’s degrees from 34 institutions. (Two students graduated from UNT and 12 from TCU.)
  • 52% of the class comes from Texas.
  • One student is a triple major, several have double majors and nearly 30 undergraduate areas of study are represented ranging from sciences, social sciences and humanities, including a music performance major.

By 2030, the annual economic impact of the medical school is estimated at $4 billion and the school is expected to generate about 31,000 jobs for North Texas, according to a Tripp Umbach study.

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