SFA joins partner universities to celebrate with signing day
NACOGDOCHES, Texas — On Aug. 16, Stephen F. Austin State University joined seven local colleges and universities to celebrate The University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine’s early assurance program signing day.
“This is a significant milestone for UT Tyler School of Medicine and our partnering colleges,” said President Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, FACP. “The Pathways program reflects our commitment to recruiting local talent and promoting excellence in medical education. Through this program, we are creating a pathway for East Texas students to pursue a career in medicine.”
The early assurance program, known as “Pathways to Medicine,” will prepare 40 students each year from local colleges and universities for a successful career in the medical field by providing clinical exposure and developing necessary study skills for medical school. Up to 15 will be admitted into the School of Medicine.
The eight partnering institutions include:
- East Texas Baptist University
- Jarvis Christian University
- LeTourneau University
- Stephen F. Austin State University
- Texas College
- Texas A&M University – Texarkana
- The University of Texas at Tyler
- Wiley College
“The Pathways program is an excellent opportunity for SFA to strengthen partnerships and help address health care needs in our region,” said Gina Oglesbee, SFA interim president. “Through this program, our selected SFA students will have additional resources and support to help achieve their goal of attending medical school. We are proud to be part of this initiative with the UT Tyler School of Medicine.”
The Pathways program encompasses a one- to two-year curriculum for junior and senior years. Program activities include professional development, speakers and panel discussions, standardized test prep including MCAT, volunteering and physician shadowing. Participants undergo the same rigorous admissions process and interviews as other prospective students, and their selection is based on a holistic evaluation of their qualifications.
“With a strong emphasis on community engagement and preventive care, the early assurance program will encourage and support greater numbers of students interested in medicine,” said Dr. Gisele Armond Abron, UT Tyler School of Medicine associate dean of admissions. “This initiative is not only shaping the future of health care but also ensuring that our region welcomes more dedicated and competent physicians.”
If you attend a participating institution and are interested in enrolling in the Pathways program, email email@example.com to obtain contact information for your institution’s early assurance program designee.