What's happening today?
Create a decision-making body with broad representation of key stakeholders
A steering committee has been established to help guide the creation of the Dell Medical School. Led by Sue Cox, interim senior associate dean, and Robert O. Messing, vice provost for biomedical sciences, the committee represents schools and colleges within The University of Texas at Austin as well as Seton Healthcare Family, Central Health and UT Southwestern Medical School. Its advisers include representatives of the University of Texas System.
Hire a leader to engage and develop the various disciplines related to medical care
On Jan. 16, the university announced that Robert O. Messing has been hired to serve as vice provost for biomedical sciences. During 26 years at the University of California, San Francisco, Messing helped build the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center. He also balances administrative work and medical education with research on the science of addiction.
Identify key talent for the medical school
A selection committee is being organized with the expectation that the founding dean will be hired within the year.
Meanwhile, the deans of many UT schools and colleges are identifying how their current programs can collaborate with the medical school to provide greater opportunities in education and research.
Continue a dialogue with local physicians
Medical education has occurred in Austin for many years and it is important for the Dell Medical School to develop within this context. Residencies were sponsored in the early 20th century by the local medical society. Seton Healthcare and St. David’s Hospital have sponsored extensive residency programs for years. The Travis County Medical Society represents more than 3,200 members. The Dell Medical School will enhance this thriving medical community. We are building relationships with key people and organizations in order to coordinate with existing resources.