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A-PRIME Track for Biomedical Sciences Degree Debuts This Fall
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JUNE 20, 2013A day after Carlos Huerta, 18, of Brownsville received his diploma at Hanna High School’s graduation at Sams Stadium, he sat in the office of Dr. Hugo Rodriguez in the Department of Biomedicine at The University of Texas at Brownsville learning more about a new competency-based accelerated pre-med/medical academic track for the bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences.
Carlos Huerta, 18, of Brownsville will be one of the first students to pursue the bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences through the A-PRIME academic track. Carlos Huerta, 18, of Brownsville will be one of the first students to pursue the bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences thro​ugh the A-PRIME academic track​

Huerta will be one of at least 25 students that will start the Associated Professional, Relevant, Integrated Medical Education, or A-PRIME, track this fall at UTB. Students will take their first three year of classes at UTB and the last three years of their education at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston or The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

“I am looking forward to the methods of learning,” said Huerta. “I like hands-on work because I think it is a much easier and efficient way to learn.”

A-PRIME students will take the same courses as students in the degree’s pre-professional track which began in fall 2012. The courses will be a combination of full-semester and partial-semester classes. Some of these include courses in immunology, medical genetics, evolutionary medicine and medical bioinformatics. Classes for the degree program were designed to prepare students for what they would encounter in medical school.

“The degree’s classes will provide essential elements for the development of professional formation, a process through which the students learn the knowledge, skills, values and behaviors of a competent, humanistic physician,” said Rodriguez, an Assistant Professor. “This continuous process fosters personal and professional growth through mentorship, reflection and experiences that affirm the best practices, traditions and ethics of the medical profession.”

All A-PRIME students will attend a mandatory two-week boot camp to prepare for the upcoming academic year from Monday, Aug. 12 to Friday, Aug. 23. Rodriguez said some of the activities planned include pre-test assessments in physics, mathematics, chemistry and English; ethics lessons, simulations and lab tours. The first day of classes for the 2013-14 academic year is Monday, Aug. 26.

A-PRIME is a partnership between The University of Texas System, UTB, The University of Texas – El Paso, The University of Texas – Pan American in Edinburg, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

For more information on the degree program contact Department of Biomedicine Student Education Coordinators Claudia Guajardo and Heidy Moreno at 956-882-5823 or claudia.guajardo@utb.edu or heidy.garcia10@utb.edu..

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