Health Professions Advising Center

UT-PACT BA/MD Program

The University of Texas at Dallas
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Fall 2015 Application due date:
December 1, 2014

If you plan to apply to the UT-PACT program, the first step will be to apply to UT Dallas through the general Apply Texas application. The secondary UT-PACT application will be posted here in September, 2014.

Transformation in Medical Education

Training for the healthcare professions is time consuming and expensive. Transformation In Medical Education (TIME) is an initiative of The University of Texas System with a goal of expediting the process and better preparing students for careers in medicine through the coordination of undergraduate and medical school curricula.

The Partnership in Advancing Clinical Transition (UT-PACT), a collaborative program between UT Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical School, is a member of the TIME consortium. Students enrolled in UT-PACT will have joint admission to BA and MD training programs. In UT-PACT, medical school faculty will play an active role in the design and teaching of undergraduate courses. Clinical relevance is incorporated into basic science courses, meaningful exposure to standardized patients and training in communication skills begin after the first year of college, and professional identity formation is fostered by early contact with medical school faculty.

The synergistic partnership between UT Dallas and UT Southwestern builds upon existing collaborative programs and the advantages of proximity in the DFW Metroplex. The program between the two institutions is highly interactive with instruction from medical school faculty beginning in the summer after the freshman year.

UT-PACT Curriculum

UT-PACT brings innovative change to medical education in the UT System through the implementation of a competency-based curriculum, revision of the course content to achieve greater relevance, and formalized instruction to promote professionalism. Coordination between bachelor’s and medical training enables students to complete both degrees in 7 years.

UT-PACT Non-Traditional Studies

At the undergraduate level, all students will participate in Clinical Skills blocks which include

  • ethics (professionalism, scholastic integrity, sexual boundaries),
  • culture and medicine,
  • the art of observation, and
    advanced communication skills (difficult patients, end of life issues).

UT-PACT Courses

The UT-PACT Courses document details the expected course of study for BA/MD students.

UT-PACT Program Admission

Admission into UT-PACT is competitive. Students apply during their senior year of high school and are evaluated based on:

  • Texas residency – only Texas residents will be considered
  • Acceptance to UT Dallas
  • High school grade point average (minimum 3.50 on a 4.00 scale)
  • Standardized test scores (minimum SAT math 550 and reading 550, or ACT 27)
  • Secondary application to UT-PACT (after applying to UT Dallas), including a statement of motivation and purpose
    NOTE: Apply EARLY! You must apply to UTD prior to applying to UT-PACT. You are encouraged to complete and submit your secondary UT-PACT application while your UTD acceptance is in process. Acceptance to UTD will be required to complete your eligibility to proceed in the process, but is not required before you submit your UT-PACT application.
  • Letters of evaluation are required from:
    • a high school guidance counselor
    • a high school math or science instructor
    • one additional letter as a character reference (preferably from a healthcare professional for whom you volunteered or shadowed)
    No additional letters will be considered; only the required three will be reviewed. Letters must be initiated by the applicant by giving each writer the Letter of Evaluation Coversheet.
    A complete application requires the receipt of all three letters (including completed UT-PACT coversheets) on or before the December 1st deadline
  • A personal interview, initiated by the UT-PACT office, conducted by university and medical school faculty

UT-PACT Program Continuation

Accepted UT-PACT students must maintain:

  • A minimum overall and science GPA of 3.50;
  • The course progression outlined by the UT-PACT office and the student's degree plan;
  • Acceptable performance in the summer clinical modules;
  • A strong record of academic and personal integrity.

Average Scores of 2013 UT-PACT Students

High School GPA: 3.96
SAT Math + Reading: 1519
ACT: 35

About the UT-PACT Partnering Institutions

UT Dallas - The University of Texas at Dallas has a distinguished history of innovative scientific research, ground-breaking, investigative collaborations, and numerous endorsements from prominent medical schools. The exceptional quality of our students, our rigorous educational programs and our outstanding faculty all contribute to an environment centered on learning and discovery. UT Dallas enrolls approximately 20,000 students in seven schools and offers almost 125 diverse degree programs at bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels.

UT Southwestern - As one of the premier medical centers in the nation, UT Southwestern trains the physicians, medical scientists and healthcare professionals of the future, training nearly 4,400 students, residents and postdoctoral fellows each year. UT Southwestern Medical Center and its affiliated hospitals provide inpatient care to nearly 100,000 people and approximately 1.9 million outpatient visits annually. In addition, UT Southwestern is one of the foremost research facilities in the world, with its four Nobel Laureates and 19 members of the National Academy of Sciences. It conducts more than 3,500 research projects annually totaling more than $406 million.

Questions?

If you have questions about UT-PACT, contact:

Cristina Gonzalez
UT-PACT Program Coordinator
cristina.gonzalez@utdallas.edu
972-883-4415
OR Cheryl Janes
UT-PACT Program Administration
cjanes@utdallas.edu
972-883-4468