The University of California School of Medicine is named in honor of Ann Burnett Marion

Texas Christian University announced Monday that the medical school will be named Ann Burnett Marion College of Medicine, in honor of the late Fort Worth resident and philanthropist who was committed to supporting the future of medical education.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better name for our school,” said Stuart D. Flynn, founding dean of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine.

In addition to naming the school, the university announced a second naming $25 million gift From Marion and the Burnett Foundation to the Ann W. Marion Foundation to support the operations of the University of California School of Medicine.

The First gift worth $25 million In September 2020 through the Burnett Foundation she was pivotal to the TCU School of Medicine. The Anne W. Marion Endowment is established to support students, faculty, and programming in the school on a permanent basis.

Marion was an honorary trustee of TCU. kiss her He passed away in February 2020 She said, “I was inspired by the medical school’s vision to transform medical education. This school is making great progress and innovations that reshape curricula and prepare its graduates to better serve society. I am happy to present this gift.”

Flynn said the name of the school — which would be known as the Burnett School of Medicine — would give the school an identity.

“Depending on the individual the school is named after, it sends a very loud and clear message to this community,” Flynn said. “Hence, to associate the name of Anne Marion with this school, who is so iconic in North Texas and certainly so iconic in Fort Worth, that is a very strong connection, and it takes tremendous pride.”

Jonah Schmitz, a first-year student at Burnett Medical School, feels the pride that comes with the name.

“It is very exciting to have the school named after someone who has a clear understanding of the value of community, and how organizations, both within and outside of medicine, create happy and healthy communities,” Schmitz said.

Kylie McGee, a first-year medical student, said it was inspiring that the school was named after Anne Marion.

“Strong women like Miss Marion make strong girls,” McGee said. “This leads to strong communities, leaders and solutions, and (Marion) has proven time and time again that women can be dynamic and strong leaders,” McGee said. “The seriousness of its impact on Fort Worth is incalculable, especially on the women in our school.”

Flynn said the $50 million endowment is unrestricted and will fund a variety of efforts from staff and faculty, to scholarships for curriculum design.

“Throughout her life, Anne Marion’s support of the university through her service as a trustee and her philanthropic work has played a vital role in enhancing UCLA’s academic image and reputation,” Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr. said in a press release. “Her investment of $50 million in our School of Medicine enhances her legacy and will have a significant impact on UCLA over the next 150 years.”

Flynn said that part of the medical school’s mission is to train the next generation of doctors to be “at ease” with the changes that happen in medicine every day and to be leaders in some of those changes and innovations.

“Medical knowledge is now doubling every 70 days. If you’re not on top of that wave, train the next generation, you’re going to get out of it,” Flynn said. A gift like this allows us to continue pushing this circumstance.”

And the money will have an impact on the Fort Worth community.

Part of the Burnett Medical School curriculum includes students using their skills in the Fort Worth community with clinical partners.

“So the money that will come from that gift can then be used in those communities, which are underserved communities where we provide care, do teaching and do other programs to help students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to do some of the things that Flynn said, adding,” It’s very linear to go from a gift like this to how it affects the Fort Worth community.”

The first batch of medical students began at Burnett Medical School in July 2019. The fourth term began in July 2022, bringing the school to a full enrollment of 240 students.

TCU is opening a file New Campus in the Medical District in Fort Worth for the Burnett School of Medicine. The school will soon be located in a neighborhood near the city’s Southside and will have 240 medical students as well as hundreds of faculty and staff.

Officials expect the four-story building, which measures about 100,000 square feet, to be completed in 2024.

“Miss Marion’s legacy will always be linked to our school, making it even better that she is a woman and a leading role model for not only the women in our school, but the women in our community and beyond our community,” said McGee.