Texas Christian University announced Monday that the medical school will be called the Anne Burnett Marion School of Medicine, in honor of the late Fort Worth native and philanthropist who pledged to support the future of the medical education.
“I couldn’t ask for a better person to name our school, a very impressive woman, it goes without saying,” said Stuart D. Flynn, founding dean of the TCU School of Medicine.
In addition to the school’s naming, the university announced a second $25 million gift from Marion and the Burnett Foundation to the Anne W. Marion Endowment to support the operations of the TCU School of Medicine.
The first gift of $25 million in September 2020 through the Burnett Foundation was pivotal for TCU School of Medicine. He established the Anne W. Marion Endowment to continuously support the school’s students, faculty, and programming.
Marion was an Honorary Trustee of TCU. Before dying in February 2020, she said, “I am inspired by the School of Medicine’s vision to transform medical education. This school brings tremendous advances and innovations that reshape the curriculum and prepare its graduates to better serve the community. I am happy to give this gift.
The school’s name — which will be known as Burnett School of Medicine — will give the school an identity, Flynn said.
“According to the person whose school is named after, it sends a very loud and clear message to this community,” Flynn said. “And so to have Anne Marion’s name attached to this school, which is iconic in North Texas and definitely iconic in Fort Worth, is a very powerful connection, and one that invokes immense pride.”
Burnett School of Medicine freshman Jonah Schmitz feels the sense of pride that comes with the name.
“It’s super exciting that the school is named after someone who had a clear understanding of the value of community and how organizations, both inside and outside of medicine , create happy and healthy communities,” Schmitz said.
First-year medical student Kailie McGee said the school’s name after Marion was inspiring.
“Strong women like Miss Marion make strong girls,” McGee said.
“It leads to strong communities, leaders and solutions, and it [Marion] has proven time and time again that women can and are dynamic and powerful leaders,” said McGee. “The severity of its effect on Fort Worth is immeasurable, especially on the women in our school.”
The $50 million endowment is unlimited and will fund a variety of efforts, from staff and faculty hires to scholarships to program design, Flynn said.
“During her lifetime, Anne Marion’s support of the university through her services as a trustee and her philanthropy played a vital role in enhancing TCU’s academic profile and reputation,” said said TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr. in a press release. “His $50 million investment in our medical school reinforces his legacy and will have a momentous influence on TCU for the next 150 years.”
Flynn said part of the medical school’s mission is to train the next generation of doctors to be ‘easy’ with the changes happening every day in medicine and to be leaders. in some of these innovations.
“Medical knowledge now doubles every 70 days. If you don’t stay on top of that wave, coaching the next generation, you fall out of it,” Flynn said. “Not only do we not want to fall into the trap, but we want to make sure our students are on top of it all. A giveaway like this keeps us pushing that envelope.
And the funds will have an impact on the Fort Worth community.
Part of the Burnett School of Medicine curriculum involves students using their skills in the Fort Worth community with clinical partners.
“So the funds that will come from this donation can then be used in those communities, which are underserved communities where we provide care, teach and do other programs to help students who otherwise could not make it. some of the things we can do with them,” Flynn said. He added, “It’s very linear to go from a giveaway like this to its impact on the Fort Worth community.”
The first class of medical students at Burnett School of Medicine began in July 2019. The fourth class began in July 2022, bringing the school to a full enrollment of 240 students.
TCU is opening a new campus in the Fort Worth Medical District for the Burnett School of Medicine. The school will soon be located in the Near Southside neighborhood of the city and will house 240 medical students as well as hundreds of faculty and staff.
Officials expect the four-story, approximately 100,000 square foot building to be completed in 2024.
“Miss Marion’s legacy will always be tied to our school, which makes it even better for her to be a woman and this pioneering role model not only for the women in our school, but also for the women in our community. and outside of our community,” McGee said.