The School of Medicine was opened in 1972 as a multicampus regional institution with Lubbock as the administrative center and Armadillo, El Paso, and Odessa as
regional centers. The School of Medicine is one of 5
schools in the Health Sciences Center, the other 4 being
schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, Allied Health, and
Graduate School of Bio-Medical Sciences. The major
objective of the School of Medicine is to provide quality
medical education and develop programs to meet health
care needs for about 100 counties of West Texas.
4-year semitraditional. First year: Consists of two foundation blocks: one in anatomy and embryology, and the
secondoncellsandtissues.Includedareelementsofbiochemistry, physiology, pathology, and genetics. The
balance of time covers structural and functional aspects
of the organ systems of the body, and an introduction to
host defense. Early clinical experience involves integration and development of fundamental skills of patient
assessment. Second year: Covers topics in neurosciences and neurologic/psychiatric disease, infectious
disease,forensics,musculoskeletal,heme/lymph,oncology, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal gastrointenstinal, and endocrine systems, nutrition, reproduction,
women’s health, skin, eyes, and the aging patient. Third
year: Each student rotates through the traditional clerkships. Fourth year: Student completes a clerkship in
obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, and psychiatry, and a
as well as four months of electives. Each student executes an approved and personalized program, designed
to enhance academic growth.
Minority admissions: The institution seeks to recruit a
diverse medical class, thus race and ethnicity will be
among the factors considered in the admission process.
Asummer premedical program is offered to some qualified applicants. Other degree programs: Combined
MD-PhD and MD-MBA programs are offered.
The basic premedical science courses plus 1 year of
upper-level biology and English are required. Residents
ofTexas are given priority. Out-of-state applications are
considered only if the candidate has an overall grade
point average of 3.60 or higher and a composite MCAT
score of 29 or higher. Transfer and advanced standing:
Applicants who have passed the USMLE Step 1 or the
Basic Science part of the ECFMG will be considered
for third-year placement when vacancies occur.
The grading system is Honors/Pass/Fail. Students are
required to take USMLE Step 1 at the end of the 2nd
year. Passage is required for promotion to the 4th year.
Teaching: Basic sciences are taught at the Health
Sciences Center in Lubbock. The clinical sciences are
taught in Lubbock and at the regional centers in
Amarillo and El Paso. Library: The Library contains
more than 100,000 volumes and receives more than
1,600 periodicals regularly, with facilities on all teaching campuses. Housing: This is available through the
University Housing Office.