School of Medicine

Student receives her white coat at the inaugural School of Medicine white coat ceremony

School of Medicine

Building a Healthier, Stronger East Texas

The School of Medicine at The University of Texas at Tyler is unlike any other medical school in the nation. As the first medical school in East Texas, we support our community through innovative, groundbreaking medical training designed to spur innovation through research and improve the quality of patient care.

School of Medicine students receive an exceptional education, thanks to our renowned faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and small class sizes. In the process, you’ll learn to address the unique needs of our region, including those of rural and underserved communities. With a projected critical shortage of physicians serving East Texas, we train our students to step up to the challenge and make a real, positive impact. Through community partnerships, engaging research and our relationship with our main affiliate UT Health East Texas and other regional healthcare systems, you’ll become actively involved in improving the quality of life for our neighbors.

More than launching careers, we are here to build a better future together. We invite you to join us.

Graduate Degrees and Programs

East Texas deserves a service-oriented healthcare workforce that understands its health challenges and needs. That’s what we aim to support in all School of Medicine programs. In addition to the Doctor of Medicine, programs range from high school experiences all the way to clinical and research-focused graduate and post-graduate education.

A female student from The University of Texas at Tyler's Doctor of Medicine program

Doctor of Medicine

In this four-year program, an innovative, community-focused curriculum fosters a vocation of service in our students. Though students receive a well-rounded foundation for any specialty, the MD program focuses on primary care and preventive health.
A group of students complete residency program at The University of Texas at Tyler's School of Medicine

Residency Programs

Apply to one of our 20 ACGME-approved residency programs and benefit from the unique opportunities available to address some of the region’s most pressing health challenges and develop a specialization in fields like rural family medicine or rural psychiatry.
A group of fellows and interns from The University of Texas at Tyler's School of Medicine observe a patient

Fellowships and Internships

Continue your medical education training with one of our nine fellowship and internship programs. We offer valuable subspecialty training and mentorship from experts in fields like sports medicine or child and adolescent psychiatry.
A student from The University of Texas at Tyler's MS in Biotechnology program conducts research in a laboratory

MS in Biotechnology

The Master of Science in biotechnology is a hands-on, laboratory-based graduate degree that equips students with the in-demand skills for a research career in the biotech industry, as well as the knowledge to apply to advanced health professional programs.
A student gets hands-on clinical experience in one of the School of Medicine's certificate programs at The University of Texas at Tyler

Certificate Programs

Strengthen scientific knowledge without the investment of a full degree. Our post-baccalaureate certificates help advance careers by focusing on specific sets of research, clinical or professional skills.
Students attending a summer program at The University of Texas at Tyler's School of Medicine practice their skills in a simulated environment

Summer Programs

We strive to spark interest and highlight the pathway toward a career in the health professions. Our high school and undergraduate programs expose future physicians to what the field entails firsthand through shadowing opportunities, mentorship, field trips and more experiences.

Student Perspectives

Macy Reed, an MD student in the School of Medicine slated to graduate in 2027
My decision to attend medical school in East Texas allowed me to have the continued support of family and friends, as well as access to service opportunities within our strong hospital systems and community partners. Attending UT Tyler has allowed me to be a part of a huge step towards meeting the needs of the East Texas community.

Paola Castrejon

MD, 2027

Hands-on Training for Future East Texas Medical Professionals

Students train in the UT Tyler School of Medicine simulation (SMILE) facilities

Expand Medical Knowledge to Improve Quality of Life

Through our four research centers, the School of Medicine innovates healthcare in East Texas and beyond through clinical trials and exploring new treatment interventions and scientifically based prevention methods. What we discover shapes both patient care and our outreach initiatives.

Explore How We Contribute to Medical Advances


School of Medicine students gather for a welcome week scavenger hunt

We Rise as One for East Texas

The School of Medicine collaborates with the UT Health East Texas system to tackle the region’s unique healthcare needs. Together, we commit to improving our community’s quality of life. By joining forces, we support patients, expand care and contribute to medical discoveries through exceptional training and extensive research opportunities.

We Work Together to Make a Greater Impact

UT Health East Texas

Christus Trinity Mother Frances

Family Circle of Care

UT Tyler medical students volunteering to pack food boxes.

Healthcare Is Community Care

We take our role as East Texas’s first medical school to heart. Part of our education involves serving the people of the region through a series of partnerships and initiatives. In addition to our involvement with the Family Circle of Care, St. Paul Pediatrics and the East Texas Food Bank, UT Tyler has established outreach programs that address the healthcare challenges our neighbors face every day.

There Is More Than One Way to Get Involved

Center for Community & Rural Health Education

Child & Perinatal Psychiatry Access Networks

Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine

School of Medicine by the Numbers


First incoming class at the School of Medicine.

The inaugural cohort is an integral part of our efforts to expand quality healthcare in East Texas.


Number of resident physicians we plan to sponsor throughout the UT Health East Texas System by 2025.


School of Medicine in East Texas.

We are proud to develop an institution that prioritizes the needs of our region and the world.


Dr. Brigham Willis from The University of Texas at Tyler's School of Medicine
We are here for a mission: to embed the medical school within the community of East Texas.

Brigham C. Willis, MD, MEd, FAAP

Founding Dean

Meet Our Dean


Connect with us

The Office of Admissions

Phone: 903.877.7566

Be a part of a medical school that strives to uplift the future of East Texas. Reach out to learn more about how our programs are transforming the region.

For all other information, contact:

Michelle N. Salge
Executive Assistant
Phone: 903.877.8592