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University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

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The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (also known as “Southwestern”) is one of the leading medical research facilities in the United States. Originally named as “Southwestern Medical College”, it was established in 1943 as a wartime medical school and is part of the University of Texas System. Four Nobel laureates are tenured at Southwestern [1] (http://www8.utsouthwestern.edu/utsw/home/about/nobel/index.html).

It has a medical school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, and an allied health sciences school.

Southwestern runs a prestigious MD-PHD program, funded partly by Federal MSTP (Medical Scientist Training Program) funds and partly by large grants from private donors, including oil billionaire H. Ross Perot, who regularly makes personal appearances during MSTP recruitment events.

Research at Southwestern is organized hierarchically, moreso than most other academic research institutions. Department chairs' laboratories often contain the entire departments they are in charge of, and these chairs make tenure decisions and disburse departmental funds themselves. This is in contrast to most other American universities, where faculty committees and/or the deans or regents vote on such matters, and departments are composed of smaller, independent research groups. Research at Southwestern is also supported in large part by private donations.

Affiliated hospitals and clinics are:

  • Zale Lipshy University Hospital
  • St Paul University Hospital
  • Parkland Memorial Hospital
  • Children’s Medical Center Dallas
  • Aston Ambulatory Care Center

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