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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 neurology,amonthofselectiveexperienceschosenfrom obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, and psychiatry, and a subinternshipininternalmedicine,surgery,orpediatrics, as well as four months of electives. Each student executes an approved and personalized program, designed to enhance academic growth.

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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.

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Lubbock, TX 79430

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