UT-PACT BA/MD Program
The University of Texas at Dallas
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Training for the healthcare professions is time consuming and expensive. Transformation In Medical Education (TIME) is an initiative of The University of Texas System with a goal of expediting the process and better preparing students for careers in medicine through the coordination of undergraduate and medical school curricula.
The Partnership in Advancing Clinical Transition (UT-PACT), a collaborative program between UT Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical School, is a member of the TIME consortium. Students enrolled in UT-PACT will have joint admission to BA and MD training programs. In UT-PACT, medical school faculty will play an active role in the design and teaching of undergraduate courses. Clinical relevance is incorporated into basic science courses, meaningful exposure to standardized patients and training in communication skills begin after the first year of college, and professional identity formation is fostered by early contact with medical school faculty.
The synergistic partnership between UT Dallas and UT Southwestern builds upon existing collaborative programs and the advantages of proximity in the DFW Metroplex. The program between the two institutions is highly interactive with instruction from medical school faculty beginning in the summer after the freshman year.
UT-PACT brings innovative change to medical education in the UT System through the implementation of a competency-based curriculum, revision of the course content to achieve greater relevance, and formalized instruction to promote professionalism. Coordination between bachelor’s and medical training enables students to complete both degrees in 7 years.
UT-PACT Non-Traditional Studies
At the undergraduate level, all students will participate in Clinical Skills blocks which include
- ethics (professionalism, scholastic integrity, sexual boundaries),
- culture and medicine,
- the art of observation, and
advanced communication skills (difficult patients, end of life issues).
The UT-PACT Courses document details the expected course of study for BA/MD students.
UT-PACT Program Admission
Admission into UT-PACT is competitive. Students apply during their senior year of high school and are evaluated based on:
- Texas residency – only Texas residents will be considered
- Acceptance to UT Dallas
- Secondary application to UT-PACT (after acceptance to UT Dallas), including a statement of motivation and purpose
- High school grade point average (minimum 3.50 on a 4.00 scale)
- Standardized test scores (minimum SAT math 550 and reading 550, or ACT 27)
- Letters of recommendation from a high school guidance counselor, a high school math or science instructor, and one additional letter as a character reference, preferably from a healthcare professional. (No additional letters will be considered; only the required three will be reviewed. Recommendation letters must be initiated by the applicant.)
- A personal interview, initiated by the UT-PACT office, conducted by university and medical school faculty
UT Dallas applications for Fall 2014 are open now. UT-PACT secondary applications will be open in the fall.
UT-PACT applications will be accepted until February 1, 2014. Interview invitations will be issued in late February. Interviews will be in March.
UT-PACT Program Continuation
Accepted UT-PACT students must maintain:
- A minimum overall and science GPA of 3.50;
- The course progression outlined by the UT-PACT office and the student's degree plan;
- Acceptable performance in the summer clinical modules;
- A strong record of academic and personal integrity.
Average Scores of 2013 UT-PACT Students
High School GPA: 3.96
SAT Math + Reading: 1519
About the UT-PACT Partnering Institutions
UT Dallas - The University of Texas at Dallas has a distinguished history of innovative scientific research, ground-breaking, investigative collaborations, and numerous endorsements from prominent medical schools. The exceptional quality of our students, our rigorous educational programs and our outstanding faculty all contribute to an environment centered on learning and discovery. UT Dallas enrolls approximately 20,000 students in seven schools and offers almost 125 diverse degree programs at bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels.
UT Southwestern - As one of the premier medical centers in the nation, UT Southwestern trains the physicians, medical scientists and healthcare professionals of the future, training nearly 4,400 students, residents and postdoctoral fellows each year. UT Southwestern Medical Center and its affiliated hospitals provide inpatient care to nearly 100,000 people and approximately 1.9 million outpatient visits annually. In addition, UT Southwestern is one of the foremost research facilities in the world, with its four Nobel Laureates and 19 members of the National Academy of Sciences. It conducts more than 3,500 research projects annually totaling more than $406 million.
If you have questions about UT-PACT, contact:
UT-PACT Program Coordinator