Office of Undergraduate Medical Education
Florence (Flossy) Eddins-Folensbee, M.D.
Welcome to Undergraduate Medical Education for the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio! Our Office of Undergraduate Medical Education (Admissions, Curriculum, and Students Affairs) seeks to provide an academic home with the support and resources you need to build the solid and sturdy foundation that will facilitate your professional identity development and sustain your career as a physician. It is said that much of the factual knowledge base of medicine will be replaced many times over the course of one physician's lifetime. However, the medical education cornerstone that provides the supportive and structural framework enabling that physician to learn and discern, analyze and criticize, integrate and extrapolate, generalize and specify, empathize and guide is formed but once in a lifetime.
Our four year curriculum is carefully constructed and sequenced, integrating basic and clinical sciences and principles, and synthesized contextually via patient cases. Teaching pedagogies combine technology (audience-response systems and high fidelity patient simulation in our amazing Clinical Simulation Center) with touch (standardized patients and early meaningful patient care experiences). Principles of active and engaged learning that foster the development of lifelong learning skills and habits are emphasized. The importance of professional relationships in the development of one's identity as a physician is recognized and practiced via weekly team-based learning activities, assigned peer/faculty mentorship groups (VERITAS) and interprofessional learning exercises with students from other schools within The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Your medical education will be supported and enhanced by a cadre of specialists with diverse medical, philosophical, and educational backgrounds, newly housed in our beautiful and expansive suite on the fifth floor of the Dolph Briscoe Library, designed to provide "one-stop shopping" for your educational needs. Your favorite study carrel/nook is but a few steps away from the deans of Admissions, Curriculum, and Student Affairs and the other professionals who sustain the School of Medicine's educational mission.
Our team (including our stellar students) initiates/sponsors many events and activities to complement your formal medical education, including an off-campus Orientation Retreat (yes, bonding time!), intramural athletics, themed movie nights and dances, dinner and discussion nights with deans and faculty, international electives, student specialty interest groups, large and small group as well as individual tutoring, focused USMLE preparation, and so much more!! Knowing that physicians must "heal themselves" as they heal others, some specific "student wellness" programs designed to promote personal equanimity and immunize against stress will be introduced in the 2012-2013 academic year.
We feel great pride in our school's holistic approach to the selection and training of the next generation of physicians. We believe that both scholarship and humanism must be actively cultivated and nurtured. We are honored that you have chosen to make your academic home at the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and privileged to be your teacher guides on this incredible and unparalleled journey.
I am personally available to help make your medical school years some of the best years of your life. I can absolutely promise that if I had it all to do over, I would choose medicine again with joy!!
Florence (Flossy) Eddins-Folensbee, M. D.
Vice Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education
Sr. Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Professor of Psychiatry