During the Growth Year (Third Year), students will have the opportunity to individualize their experiences toward long-term goals.  A nine-month Innovation, Leadership and Discovery block affords them the opportunity to complete a large, independent distinction project in one of three areas. During this nine-month period, students will be expected to meet established milestones throughout their scholarly activities with the expectation of a final presentation and written submission on a local or regional scale. Students' work will contribute to the school's pursuit of making Austin a model healthy city.

Research: Clinical or Translational

Students work with faculty to design and implement a project from multiple options spanning the spectrum of research at The University of Texas at Austin or our clinical partners. Working in a rigorous scholarly environment with a faculty mentor, they develop skills for investigation and learn how to communicate findings.

Design and Innovation in Health Care

Led by the Design Institute for Health, aspiring physicians become immersed in the human-centered design process and skill set. They transform into practitioners who can deploy the design process and related skills to impact the health needs of people in Austin and beyond. Students can choose to develop skills in visual design, communications, interaction design, business, and other areas, leveraging those skills within a team to aid community-sponsored health projects.

Population Health

Dell Medical School students collaborate with a community-based organization on a project that will transform health by addressing social determinants of health like income disparities, institutional racism, housing instability and more. They refine leadership and partnership skills by leading an intervention or system change that benefits people in Central Texas.