The Growth Year

From advancing new cancer treatments to supporting aging Austin residents, Dell Med’s students are using their third year to answer the call to revolutionize how people get and stay healthy.

REthink’s special projects team is spending the year following their stories.

The first 50 students at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas are making their mark on Austin.

By now, each student has taken one year of classroom fundamentals, and spent another year in clinical clerkships (one year sooner than at most medical schools). They have observed many ways the health care system can improve, especially for those without adequate access to care. And this year — known at Dell Med as the Growth Year — they are faced with a new kind of challenge: to take what they have learned and start tackling some of those improvements head-on in the Central Texas community.

“The Growth Year is the turning point for students at Dell Med,” says Sue Cox, M.D., executive vice dean of academics ...