Dell Medical School to Host Open Forum and Progress Report
October 25, 2013AUSTIN, Texas — The Dell Medical School is hosting an open forum and progress report at The University of Texas at Austin on Oct. 29 to update Central Texas residents on our progress so far and plans for the school, which is slated to open in 2016.
EVENT: Dell Medical School Open Forum, including Q&A panel
WHEN: Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Student Activity Center Ballroom (SAC 2.41NS), The University of Texas at Austin, 2201 Speedway
BACKGROUND: Nearly a year ago, Travis County voters approved Proposition 1 to provide $35 million a year to pay for health-related services and initiatives that will, in part, help support the ongoing development of the medical school and its provision of health care services to the community. At the Oct. 29 event, the public will hear updates on construction plans, curriculum development, community health care integration and the status of the partnership with Seton Healthcare Family and Central Health (Travis County’s health care district) and others in the community.
“We’ve been hard at work creating the building blocks for a new medical school that will meet the high expectations of Travis County residents,” said Dr. Sue Cox, interim senior associate dean of the Dell Medical School. “We encourage the Austin community to come hear what we’ve been up to for the last 12 months.”
Speakers will include state Sen. Kirk Watson; Steven Leslie, The University of Texas at Austin, special assistant to the president for medical education; Dr. Sue Cox, Dell Medical School, interim senior associate dean; Patricia “Trish” Young Brown, Central Health, president and CEO; Greg Hartman, Seton Healthcare Family, president of academic medicine, research and external affairs; Pat Clubb, The University of Texas at Austin, vice president for university operations; and Terri Broussard Williams, American Heart Association, vice president of advocacy and governmental relations and a member of the Dell Medical School’s community involvement team. The panel will be moderated by KXAN anchors Robert Hadlock and Leslie Rhode.
After the panel, researchers will be on hand to discuss current health care projects at the university, including investigations into treatments for diabetes, efforts to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome, new cancer therapies and medical devices. There will also be a demonstration of Seton Healthcare Family’s Simulated Care Training Strategy, one of the teaching tools used to train medical residents.
For medical professionals, there will be a breakout session with representatives from the Dell Medical School to discuss specific questions or concerns about how the school will interact with the larger medical community.
Refreshments will be provided, and parking will be available in the Brazos Garage, 210 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (next to the Blanton Museum).