CHRISTUS Health and UT Tyler partner on affiliation agreement for primary care medical students


CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System and The University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine announced a new affiliation today that will enhance the educational landscape for medical students through practical, hands-on experiences while expanding access to care in East Texas.

This collaboration underscores a shared commitment to academic excellence and will allow UT Tyler medical students to learn directly from CHRISTUS physicians across Tyler and East Texas, enhancing their exposure to opportunities in health care in rural areas.

Beginning January 2025, medical students will begin 12-month rotations with an emphasis on primary care. Rotations will take place at CHRISTUS hospitals and CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic locations.

“Focusing on primary care gives these students the opportunity to become interested in primary care and showcase the benefits to them of practicing in rural areas,” said Dr. Brent Wadle, institute chair for primary care at CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic. “In the end, patients in East Texas stand to benefit, as we aim to not only train the students in East Texas but have them practice in East Texas once they graduate.”

By integrating real-world clinical experiences with the school’s rigorous academic programs, students will be better prepared to meet and exceed the health care needs of our communities.

Dr. Andrea Cooley, medical director of simulation and director of clinical clerkships at UT Tyler School of Medicine, said the affiliation represents a significant step in a joint effort to cultivate a healthier future for all.

“We are proud to bring our resources and expertise together in this endeavor, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to elevating health care standards and expanding access,” Cooley said. “As we move forward, we are inspired by the potential of our students and physicians to make a lasting impact on the communities we serve.”

An agreement signing ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, June 25 at 2 p.m. at Wisenbaker Conference Center on the campus of CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler.