Texas Health Resources and the University of Texas at Arlington have announced a care collaborative that will pair an undergraduate student with physician mentors in a hospital.
The Pre-Medical Student Preceptorship Program will launch as a pilot in the spring of this year, with a formal launch in the fall. Undergrads will apply and undergo a “highly competitive process” to determine who will pair off with physician-mentors at a THR hospital, beginning with Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital.
The course will last six weeks and will be for a credit. The students will shadow physicians in both the operating room and in standard patient settings. They will study medical literature and present case studies for the physicians they’re paired off with to critique. Meanwhile, UTA faculty members will serve as overseers of sorts, evaluating and discussing the clinical experience with the undergrads.
Dr. Ashley Purgason, assistant vice president for strategic initiatives, will be the faculty advisor. She is a UTA alum who earned a doctorate in environmental toxicology from the UT Medical Branch in Galveston.
“Many preceptorship programs are reserved for medical students or offer undergraduate students limited engagement,” Purgason said in a statement. “Our students will have access to a truly rich medical experience that ultimately will benefit both institutions and produce more physicians to serve our region.”