Dell Medical School Open Forum: Save the Date

October 10, 2013


Come join the conversation!

The public is invited to a community conversation on Oct. 29, 2013Nearly a year ago, Travis County voters gave the green light for The University of Texas at Austin to move forward with the development of Dell Medical School by approving the use of tax money to support this important initiative.

We’ve moved into our headquarters for the next three years, with the interim dean’s office sharing space at the university’s Dell Pediatric Research Institute (DPRI), and we have a lot of progress to report. So we are inviting the Austin community at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 to find out what we’ve been up to for the past 12 months. Events include a public panel Q&A moderated by KXAN anchors Robert Hadlock and Leslie Rhode at the UT Austin Student Activity Center to discuss current construction plans, curriculum progress, community health care integration and the status of our partnership with Seton Healthcare Family and Central Health.

After the panel, the public is encouraged to stay and check out some of our medical research exhibits, including a demonstration of Seton’s Simulated Care Training Strategy, one of the teaching tools used to train medical residents. We’ll also have more than a dozen of the university’s researchers on hand to talk about their current health care projects investigating treatments for diabetes, prevention for fetal alcohol syndrome, new cancer therapies, medical devices and prosthetics, and much more.

Medical professionals may wish to attend a break-out session so they can visit with representatives from Dell Medical School, Seton Healthcare Family and other local providers to talk about their specific questions or concerns about how the school will interact with the larger medical community.

“We’ve been hard at work creating the building blocks for a new medical school that will meet the high expectations of Travis County residents,” said Dr. Sue Cox, interim senior associate dean of Dell Medical School. “We encourage the Austin community to come hear what we’ve been up to for the last 12 months.”

Speakers will include: State Sen. Kirk Watson; Steven Leslie, UT Austin, special assistant to the president for medical education; Dr. Sue Cox, Dell Medical School, interim senior associate dean; Greg Hartman, Seton Healthcare, president, academic medicine, research and external affairs; Trish Young Brown, Central Health, president and  CEO; Pat Clubb, UT Austin, vice president for facilities and operations; and Terri Broussard Williams, American Heart Association, vice president of advocacy/governmental relations. The forum is sponsored by The Cain Foundation as part of the effort to educate the community about the medical school project.

Please RSVP and come join the community conversation about improving health for Central Texas and the world.