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UT Austin Dell Medical School

Medical School

Mailing Address
1501 Red River St.
Austin, Texas 78712
(512) 495-5555
Email address
General Information
"Residency and fellowship programs at Dell Medical School — one of the newest academic health centers in the country — ensure that all physicians in training are prepared to engage in the critical work of revolutionizing how people get and stay healthy with a signature curriculum, Advancing Care Transformation, or ACT. This unique learning experience emphasizes value-based health care, quality improvement, equity, leadership, teamwork and other key competencies in health systems science." (Source: "As a new medical school created in partnership with our community and built on the foundation of a top-tier research university, Dell Medical School is redefining the academic health environment. From our Leading EDGE curriculum to our focus on measurably improving health locally and our bold vision for accelerating research, our team is rethinking everything." (Source:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The school's 2020-2023 "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Action Plan" states that it would "cultivate and foster strategies that support the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty, staff, trainee and student body in the Dell Medical School."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The school's Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care states that "Cultural competency training is highly encouraged for all providers."
  • The school's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers "implicit bias training related to recruitment and hiring, including search committees for leadership positions."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Dell's Dermatology Residency’s curriculum is designed to "Utilize varied and complementary training sites to ensure comfort in treating a patient base that is diverse in race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and health literacy." The department's curriculum also includes a "professional development and leadership curriculum, which includes discussion circles, guest speakers and workshops addressing topics such as emotional intelligence, successful negotiation and anti-racism."
  • Year three of Dell's Undergraduate Medical Education degree includes "Population Health" which is described as follows: "Students collaborate with a community-based organization on a project that will transform health by addressing social determinants of health like income disparities, institutional racism, housing instability and more."
  • Dell Medical School outlines its curriculum core competencies which include the following: "Recognize the important nonbiological determinants of poor health, including the psychological and social factors such as racism, stigma, oppression and trauma, that contribute to the development and/or exacerbation of illnesses;" and "Describe the structures of oppression such as racism and sexism that perpetuate biased biomedical assumptions and influence differential provider treatment among diverse populations."
Program and Research Funding
  • The school's Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care has a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee that is focused on "Using an equity lens in clinical care and research."
  • The school's 2020-2023 "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Action Plan" states that it would "develop and sustain support for underrepresented populations by creating and enhancing initiatives that foster success among UIM students, faculty, trainees, and staff."
  • The school's Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care states that "Every department search committee for faculty positions includes at least one person from populations underrepresented in surgery."
  • The school's Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care states that it considers "the importance of race, ethnicity, and gender when selecting guest speakers for our Annual Research Symposium, grand rounds, and other academic presentations."
  • The work of the Office of Health Equity at Dell "takes place within the context of entrenched inequities across society and upholds racial equity as a foundational principle."
  • Social workers at Dell Med and UT Health Austin are "trained to provide patients with equitable, culturally relevant, person-in-environment interventions that respond to the wants and needs of underrepresented communities seeking care." Social workers at Dell "promote health justice in the system by working alongside community members and promoting equitable and just access to quality care and information to enhance health and quality of life."
  • On January 21, 2022, the school announced that its Pediatric Residents launched a four-part podcast exploring the subjects of race, racism, and health equity. Episode three of the podcast "reflects on how implicit bias impacts our ability to listen to patients and their families."
  • On November 19, 2020, Dell News published an article titled "Commentary: Want to Understand Health Disparities? Get Your Antiracist Goggles On," which states, "When it comes to understanding why children from non-white race groups have such poor health outcomes compared with their white counterparts, it’s time for researchers to look beyond their genes and delve deeper into social factors, according to a commentary published today in the journal Pediatrics."
Last updated July 5th, 2023
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