Texas' medical education landscape continues to shift as plans for a third new Texas medical school — the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) School of Osteopathic Medicine — move ahead with the hiring of Robyn Phillips-Madson, DO, as its founding dean.
Historically, osteopathic medical schools have focused on primary care, and the family physician who hails from Washington State tells Texas Medicine about her vision to carry on that tradition and bring much-needed physicians to underserved areas in South Texas. The private Catholic university in San Antonio also has schools of nursing, pharmacy, optometry, and physical therapy.
The private UIW osteopathic medical school, along with two new University of Texas System allopathic medical schools — the Dell Medical School in Austin and the UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine — brings the total number of Texas medical schools to 12. (See "Inauguration: Meet the New Texas Medical School Deans," May 2014 Texas Medicine, pages 41-47.)