The Dell Medical School’s partnership with the people of Austin and Travis County is unprecedented. Dell Med would not exist without the support of its community of forward-thinking people helping to bring a vision to life.
MEET SIX OF THEM
Brenda Coleman-Beattie was chair of the Central Health Board of Managers in 2014, when she joined Dell Med’s Admissions and Curriculum Development committees.
Her hopes for the medical school hinge on students’ “collective contributions to better health care outcomes for all.”
Dr. Barbara Jones
Assistant Dean for Health Affairs & Professor, School of Social Work
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a new medical school from the ground up that focuses on interprofessional education and patient-centered care,” says Dr. Barbara Jones, who worked alongside colleagues in pharmacy, nursing and medicine to develop the medical school’s Interprofessional Education integrated curriculum.
She envisions a future in which Dell Med leads the nation in transforming health care and improving health. The key? “Training doctors to be meaningful members of interprofessional teams who put patients and families at the center of care,” she says.
Dr. George Rodgers
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Dell Med
The lead cardiologist in the development of the heart disease-related portion of the “Medicine on Demand” curriculum, Dr. George Rodgers is a member of the clinical faculty at University Medical Center Brackenridge. He will continue that role at Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas when it opens in 2017, replacing Brackenridge.
Three reasons he supports Dell Med? “I love to teach. I love the mission of serving our safety-net population. And I enjoy innovation,” Rodgers says.
Dr. Gayle Timmerman
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Nursing
“For both students and faculty, the advent of a new medical school is the opportunity of a lifetime,” says Dr. Gayle Timmerman. “We have the opportunity to incorporate IPE — interprofessional education — from the very beginning, along with the opportunity to truly shape the future of health care using a collaborative, team-based approach. The potential to improve health care delivery is enormous.”
Timmerman is part of a core group of faculty planning for the implementation of the IPE curriculum — a collaborative effort of the UT Austin School of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, School of Social Work and Dell Med.
Dr. Jessica Trevino
Physician, Austin Gastroenterology
Dr. Jessica Trevino moved to Austin in part because of Dell Med. Here, she’s worked to expand UT Austin’s gastrointestinal (GI) clinical service — ensuring quality patient care and hands-on learning for students and residents — and to develop GI curriculum as the “Medicine on Demand” GI Course Director.
She’s excited about the future. “Being a part of something from the ground up, first on the clinical side of things, is a rare opportunity,” Trevino says. “Taking what has worked from the various institutions and being open to new ideas allows a greater opportunity for improved patient care.”
Dr. Aisha D. White
“I believe that the Dell Medical School will not only help to elevate the quality of medical care in Austin, but will also help to unify the medical community,” says Dr. Aisha White, a member of the Admissions Committee who also helped to develop the medical school’s Developing Outstanding Clinical Skills (DOCS) integrated curriculum.
“I look forward to the Dell Medical School developing a generation of doctors focused equally on the health of patients and improving the health care system — and access to it — for all through research, innovation and community outreach.”