HSC-TABS Outreach Programs

The Texas Academy of Biomedical Science was founded in 2011 as a partnership between UNTHSC, Fort Worth ISD, and Tarrant County College. TABS is an early college high school dedicated to educating students who have expressed interest in biomedical-related careers and areas of study. Since its founding, UNTHSC has offered TABS students hands-on opportunities and mentorship in biomedical sciences education, research, and career exploration.

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Pictured: TABS freshman learn to suture during the 2019 Summer Bridge Program.




TABS Summer Bridge Program

The TABS Summer Bridge Program is a 1-week summer experience for new 9th grade students at TABS. During this program, students visit labs and classrooms on the HSC campus to learn more about careers in the biomedical and health sciences. They participate in activities in the anatomy and simulation labs, learn how to suture and read x-rays, and receive guidance and encouragement from HSC students during a biomedical sciences career panel.

At the end of the program, TABS students receive their white coats from HSC faculty. They will wear these coats through high school during activities such as clinical shadowing, and will eventually exchange the white coats for their regalia on graduation day.

Read more: For high school program, the goal is inspiration

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Pictured: a TABS freshman receives her white coat at HSC during summer 2019.


TABS Preceptorship Program

The TABS Preceptorship Program is a 1-month program for high school seniors at TABS. During this program, students shadow HSC faculty, attend lectures and anatomy labs, and tour research labs. These students are paired with HSC medical and graduate students during these activities, and have a chance to learn about student life and career paths from these HSC students.

Read more: TABS Preceptorship program brings biomedical and health careers to life for high school students

Read more: High school students get a taste of what medical school is like

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Pictured: An HSC TCOM student teaches TABS freshman about human anatomy in the HSC anatomy lab.


HSC Explore Program

The HSC Explore Program is a 5-week summer research internship for high school students in Fort Worth ISD. HSC Explore interns are matched with a faculty mentor, receive hands-on experience with biomedical sciences research, and have chance to learn more about career opportunities in the biomedical sciences.

Learn more about the HSC Explore Program and apply here.

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Pictured: TABS junior Haleema Williams presents her HSC Explore Research at the HSC Summer Research Internship Programs poster session in July 2019.


HSC-TABS Tutoring Program

The HSC-TABS Tutoring Program is an after-school program that pairs HSC students from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and the School of Biomedical Sciences with TABS students. HSC tutors offer individual and small-group help with biology, physics, medical terminology, and chemistry. They also offer guidance and support in building strong study skills and healthy learning habits.

Read more: HSC students provide ‘invaluable’ support as tutors, mentors to TABS students

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Rachel Menegaz, Ph.D.
HSC-TABS Outreach Coordinator