Partnership Puts Medical Students in Outpatient Facilities
By David Doolittle

Catalyst_NT_NewStudents at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (UNTHSC) now have a chance to get closer to the outpatient settings in which they’ll one day practice.

UNTHSC and Catalyst Health Network this week announced a partnership in which students will train in primary clinical care facilities under the direction of the network’s physicians and other health care practitioners.

It will allow the school’s future physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, and physical therapists to learn in the settings where most people receive health care, officials said.

“Today most residencies are hospital-based, but 90 percent of medicine is practiced in ambulatory settings,” school and Catalyst officials said in an announcement. “UNTHSC students will be exposed to clinical settings where care is patient-centered, team-based, and focused on wellness and prevention.”

Catalyst is a network of 515 primary care physicians and other health professionals who practice at 140 office locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Third- and fourth-year students at UNTHSC's Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine are expected to begin training with Catalyst in the coming months, Jeff Carlton, UNTHSC's director of media relations, told Texas Medicine Today.

Photo courtesy of UNTHSC

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April 02, 2018

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