August 01, 2019
It may still feel like summer, but it is back to school for McGovern Medical School as we welcome the Class of 2023. This incoming class is a talented and energetic group of 240 wonderful students. Women make up 59% of the class—the highest percent of women in our history. It is important to note that we had more than 5,300 applicants for our 240 positions. Our incredible faculty and staff conducted 841 interviews to select this amazing class.
I was delighted to welcome our students at orientation this morning and am looking forward to seeing them at our traditional White Coat Ceremony, being held this evening at the Hobby Center – a most meaningful introduction to the medical profession. Dr. Chip Routt, professor of orthopedic surgery, is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award (sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation) and our distinguished White Coat speaker. Dr. Routt is a wonderful clinician and educator. I’m looking forward to his talk and know we are in for a treat. Please enjoy the attached photomontage of Dr. Routt’s career.
To round out orientation, our new students will have a great time learning more about our school and culture as they interact with their classmates at the 43rd Annual Henry Strobel Retreat next week at Camp Allen.
Join me in welcoming the Class of 2023. Please show them the true spirit of McGovern hospitality.
P.S. As a reminder, our education never ends. I was pleased to receive this note of appreciation from MD Anderson about our UTHealth Health Educators Fellowship Program, which provides advanced training to our faculty. Congratulations!