TCU and UNTHSC unite to form M.D. school in Fort Worth

New medical school to address growing physician shortage in Texas

By Diane Smith

A new M.D. school expected to open here in 2018 is more than an academic addition to TCU and the University of North Texas Health Science Center: It represents a shift toward more prestige and a higher profile nationally and globally for the universities and the city.

The private Texas Christian University, with its nationally recognized football and baseball teams, already seems to be constantly on the move — upgrading the campus, investing in academics and getting national attention. Plans for the new medical school are an indicator to many that the momentum is continuing.

“It means that we are advancing and expanding our prominence in the country and in the state,” said Ali Medders, a senior majoring in biology at TCU. “TCU has done great in football and baseball, and now we are showing that we are also a huge group that is going to have a lot of influence in Texas and the country.”