UT Board of Trustees approve development of $308 million medical school building in Tyler

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AUSTIN, Texas — UT Tyler is now set to have a brand new medical school.

The University of Texas Board of Trustees on Thursday gave final approval for the design, development, and additional funding for construction of the new University of Texas Medical Education Building at Tyler School of Medicine. – approving a total project cost of $308 million for the facility. UT Tyler School of Medicine will welcome its first cohort of students to campus in the summer of 2023, and the building is expected to be completed in March 2025.

“By approving the total project cost, design development and allocation of funds for the new Medical Education Building today, the Regents are taking the critical next step in launching the system’s 7th medical school. UT – one that is specifically dedicated to benefiting Northeast Texas for generations,” said Kevin P. Eltife, Chairman of the UT Board of Trustees.

The Medical Education Building, a planned five-story, nearly 248,000 square foot facility, will support interdisciplinary graduate medical student education, residency training and nursing, and help expand the medical education program throughout the UT Health East Texas Health System. Additionally, the Medical Education Building will provide ambulatory and specialist clinical services with examination rooms, specimen collection/processing and imaging facilities.

“This facility forms the physical cornerstone of UT Tyler’s plan to train physicians and meet health care needs across the state, while increasing workforce opportunities and economic development. in the region,” said UT System Chancellor James B. Milliken.

The medical education building will be constructed in the Midtown district of Tyler and connect via skybridge to UT Health East Texas Hospital, allowing hands-on learning for residents of adjacent hospitals. It is designed to have mixed programming and clinical spaces for patient care, including women’s imaging, women’s health, diagnostic center, orthopedics and sports medicine, pulmonary and a surgery center to support medical residents in higher medical education programs.

“I am extremely grateful to the UT System Board of Directors, Chancellor Milliken and our community of supporters who have been instrumental in efforts to improve health education for East Texas,” said the President of UT Tyler, Kirk A. Calhoun.

UT Tyler School of Medicine will be the first in Northeast Texas, offering aspiring doctors a chance to train and practice without leaving the area. Capital projects funded over the next decade, including the new Medical Education Building, will ensure the new medical school has the right environment to attract and retain exceptional faculty and students and enhance biomedical research and programs of basic residence.

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