A&M-Texarkana Joins Early Assurance Program with the University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine

Aug 16, 2023
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A&M-Texarkana Joins Early Assurance Program with the University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana, along with seven other colleges and universities, has entered a collaboration with the University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine to form an Early Assurance Program. The program, designed for students interested in careers in medicine, became official with a signing ceremony held on August 16, 2023. A total of eight institutions are a part of the “Pathways to Medicine” collaboration.

“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 Early Assurance Program with the University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine will provide a wonderful opportunity for A&M-Texarkana students who are interested in a career in medicine,” said A&M-Texarkana President Dr. Ross Alexander. “Partnerships like this provide our students with an additional learning experience that better positions them as they prepare to move into the next phase of their education or begin their career.”

The Pathways program encompasses a 1–2-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, 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 to obtain contact information for your institution's early assurance program designee.

About The University of Texas at Tyler:

With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT Tyler offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 10,000 students. Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center and UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education, cutting-edge research, and excellent patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research institution and by U.S. News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in Tyler, Longview, Palestine, and Houston.

Contact Information:

Texas A&M University - Texarkana
7101 University Avenue | Texarkana, TX.
Phone : (903) 223-3000 | Fax: 223-3104
John Bunch
Communications Manager
University Center 427A
(903) 334-6628