Our Health,

Your Future

First Class Planned for Fall 2023*

*Preliminarily accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

A New Home

For Medical Education

Located in the heart of East Texas, The University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine offers exceptional medical training while improving access to care across the region.

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In the East Texas region, critical shortages are projected, mainly in primary care specialties such as family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and psychiatry, as well as the subspecialty of nephrology. The UT Tyler School of Medicine will elevate the level of health awareness and education across East Texas and diminish the physician shortage over time. The University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center plans to sponsor more than 200 resident physicians throughout the UT Health East Texas health system by 2025 in multiple specialty areas such as primary care, pediatrics, OB-GYN and surgery.

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UT Tyler, UT Health East Texas and The University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center have joined forces. With the additions of the UT Tyler Health Science Center and UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler is now stronger than ever! Together, these entities have been strengthened to serve East Texas and beyond through innovative medical research, medical education and excellent patient care.

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Physician training completion takes seven to 15 YEARS, so we must address this shortage now.

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The greatest contribution to the shortfall is the growing aging population and an aging workforce. The population over age 65 is expected to grow by 48% by 2032.

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Transforming Healthcare

in East Texas AND Beyond

The University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine trains future healthcare professionals to embrace responsibility for the unique needs of rural and hard-to-reach communities and populations, particularly those in East Texas. Students will have the unique opportunity to improve health challenges across East Texas and beyond.

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East Texas

Health Challenges

County Health Report Statistics

Tobacco Use

Gregg: 16%
Henderson: 17%
Smith: 16%

High Blood Pressure

Gregg: 32.2%
Henderson: 21.8%
Smith: 28.8%


Gregg: 19.5%
Henderson: 20%
Smith: 22%


Gregg: 16.8%
Henderson: 16.3%
Smith: 14.3%

7 to 8 times greater physician shortages

than state and national benchmarks

29% estimated pediatric physician shortage

by 2032

Message from the Dean


Welcome to the UT Tyler School of Medicine! I am honored to have recently joined this incredible team and so very excited about the future. We are here for a mission: to embed the medical school within the community of East Texas, recruit students from the community to serve the community, develop research endeavors that address the specific health issues of our East Texas family and expand access to the highest level of healthcare available. We are here for a vision: to build a medical school that will reduce the health disparities in our region and improve the quality of life for everyone. We are here for East Texas.

The UT Tyler School of Medicine will be guided every day by our values: community, perseverance, respect, excellence, service and creativity. We are creating a family. Students, faculty and staff who resonate with these values and want to be a part of creating and growing something unique and purpose driven will love it here.

Whether you are excited faculty wanting to join the teaching effort, an interested researcher wanting to innovate for East Texas, a staff member eager to help the people of our region or a prospective student invigorated by the thought of a truly innovative curriculum that will make you the best mission-driven physician you can be, we would love to chat with you!

Brigham C. Willis, MD, MEd
Founding Dean
School of Medicine
The University of Texas at Tyler


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