TIME students are welcomed to the Medical School.
TIME students are welcomed to the Medical School.

The first TIME cohort of 12 UT-Austin “SHAPE” students, each of whom has received provisional acceptance to the medical school for 2015, were welcomed to the Medical School July 20 for a week’s worth of intensive training.

TIME (Transformation in Medical Education) is an ongoing UT System initiative that supports four separate partnerships between each of the UT System medical schools and at least one UT undergraduate school. It is a student-centered, clinically focused program designed to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the educational path from college entry to receipt of the MD degree.

Dr. Gary Rosenfeld, assistant dean for educational programs and TIME campus director; Dr. Sheela Lahoti, assistant dean for student affairs; and Dr. Joanne Oakes, assistant dean for educational programs, led the weeklong visit.

TIME students participated in an intensive week of clinical training under the direction of Oakes, the Medical School’s TIME clinical coordinator. The goal of the week’s work was to allow students to acquire an advanced skill set that encourages them to be peer teachers and clinical leaders upon matriculation to medical school.

Students worked in the Surgical and Clinical Skills Center to acquire advanced history taking skills with standardized patients and second-year medical student teaching assistants Vikas Gupta, Michelle De La Cruz, Adam Park, and Heather Kregel. Students observed and worked with patients in the LBJ Hospital emergency department, internal medicine admitting rounds, the Memorial Hermann newborn nursery, the Memorial Hermann emergency department, and the Memorial Hermann medical intensive care unit under the guidance of Dr. Sara Miller, Dr. David Robinson, Dr. Mark Farnie, Dr. Gabriel Aisenberg, Dr. Mark Hormann, and Dr. Pratik Doshi.

Alicia Howard, from the Office of Educational Programs; Rae Magel from the Office of Student Affairs; and Marcy Hamburger and Jim Power from the Surgical and Clinical Skills Center, worked hard to ensure the intensive training week was a success for the incoming students.

SHAPE is the partnership between the Medical School, UT-Southwestern, and UT-Austin that offers students early clinical exposure and development of clinical skills during their undergraduate years, emphasizing the relationship of the basic sciences to medical practice, with strong emphasis on professionalism and professional identity formation.