University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio


The University of Texas Medical School is part of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, which is located within the South Texas Medical Center. The Health Science Center consists of the Medical School, Dental School, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The school is located in the northwest section of the city in an area preserved to provide a rural-type setting.


4-year, semimodern. First year: Covers the introductory basic medical sciences with the first 2 months devoted to patientcare.Forthenext21/2 years,one-halfdayperweek is allotted to clinical integration activities. Second year: The key course is pathology with other subjects such as pharmacology, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, and surgery, using an organ system approach. In addition, a course in the behavioral sciences/psychiatry is offered. Third year: Devoted exclusively to 8 clerkship rotations of 6 weeks each in the major clinical specialties, as well as family medicine and medical and surgical subspecialties. Fourth year: Consists of a 2-month didactic period with the balance being devoted to electives. Some time is allotted for interviews for postgraduate training and/or vacation.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: The school is very interested in the recruitment, retention, and graduation of qualified minority applicants. Other degree programs: None.


Aside from the basic premedical science courses, 1 additional year of biology, 1 year of English, and 1 semester of calculus are required. A few nonresidents are admitted. Applicants must take the MCAT and have at least 3 years of college. Securing a broad humanities background is desirable. While strong preference is given to Texas residents, up to 10% of the entering class may come from out of state. Applicants for admission are ranked and selected on the basis of their GPA, individual components of their MCAT scores, and undergraduate school evaluation. Receiving thoughtful consideration are personal characteristics such as motivation, maturity, responsibility, and integrity. Coupled with these is the record of the candidate’s achievements in extracurricular activities. Transfer and advanced standing: Not possible at the present time.


All final grades are reported as letter grades. Any student encountering academic difficulty shall be provided an opportunity to make up deficiencies and improve performance. The basic sciences are taught in the Medical School Building. Clinical teaching takes place at the University Hospital, the Brady/Green Community Health Center, the VA Hospital, and 3 other affiliated institutions. The latter includes the Santa Rosa Medical Center, Wilford Hall USAF Hospital, Brook Army Hospital, the Aerospace Medical Division of USAF, and the Baptist Memorial Hospital System. The Regional Academic Health Center, located in the Rio Grande Valley in Huntingen, Texas, is a second clinical educational campus. It is a training site for 24 third- and fourth-year students. Research laboratories are located in the Medical School Building. Library: The library is also located in the Medical School Building. Housing: Information not available.

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