Dr. Clay Johnston, MD, PhD and Dean of the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, comes on the show to talk about how Dell Medical School started and how he got involved, an overview of the curriculum and structure of medical education in the U.S, what makes Dell Medical School unique to other medical programs, what changes Dell is looking to make to improve better education to students and community care, how Dell helps with preparing for the STEP exam, what needs to change in medical school education to best prepare students for being physicians in today’s day and age and how students/clinicians/educators can contribute to these issues, and more.


Dr. Clay Johnston has served as the inaugural Dean of the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin since March 2014. His ambitious vision includes building a world-class medical school by creating a vital, inclusive health ecosystem that supports new and innovative models of education and healthcare delivery – all with a focus on improving health and making Austin a model healthy city. He is also a neurologist, specializing in stroke care and research.  

He is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Medical School. He later received a PhD in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a resident in Neurology at UCSF, where he later trained in Vascular Neurology. During his 20 years at UCSF, he rose the academic ranks to Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology, and directed the Stroke Service.

Clay has authored more than 300 publications in scientific journals and has won several national awards for his research and teaching. In particular, he has published extensively in the prevention and treatment of stroke and transient ischemic attack. He is perhaps best known for his studies describing the short-term risk of stroke in patients with transient ischemic attack and identifying patients at greatest risk, and also for his work related to measuring the impact of research.

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