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Facilitated Acceptance to Medical Education (FAME)


The goal of the FAME Program is to graduate physicians who have acquired exceptional knowledge of the sciences basic to medical practice as well as professional skills and a keen understanding of the social, cultural, and behavioral aspects of health care. In addition to a new medical school curriculum, the students will participate in a variety of new courses which are being jointly developed and taught by UTSA and UTHSCSA faculty. These courses include content that focuses on clinically-related topics. In the capstone “GATEWAY” courses, students will learn many aspects of patient care, incorporating a multidisciplinary approach that emphasizes the importance of communication, leadership, health economics, and social and cultural aspects of patient care.

In a response to the University of Texas System request for proposals to develop innovative and fully integrated pilot programs that lead to the award of both Bachelor’s and Doctor of Medicine degrees, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University of Texas at San Antonio have partnered to implement an innovative program.

In order to meet degree requirements set for all college graduates in the State of Texas, core courses have been interwoven into a fully functional, collaborative seven year curriculum with the end result of graduating physicians. This shared project uses traditional course structure, team taught courses, as well as innovative seminar courses structured on disease related experiences.

The FAME program will recruit and admit highly qualified students.   These students will benefit from an accelerated degree program, an innovative curriculum, early immersion into medical education and professional identity formation, and a decreased overall student debt.  Once implemented, the FAME program will play a positive role in helping to address the healthcare needs of Texas.

FAME Benefits  

  • Two degrees (Bachelor of Science in Biology and Doctor of Medicine)
  • Acceptance to UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine
  • Seven year curriculum (Three years at UT San Antonio + four years at UT Health Science Center San Antonio)
  • Honors College membership at UTSA
  • Reduced costs associated with obtaining a medical degree
  • Early exposure to medical training
  • Gateway seminar courses
  • Competency-based education
  • Personal and professional identity formation
  • Mentoring

For more information about, or to apply to, the FAME program please Click Here.
FAME Program Coordinator: Tracy L. Lopez
Phone: 210-458-6040