Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine

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Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
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Established 1977
Type Public
President Brett P. Giroir, M.D.
Dean (Interim) Paul Ogden, M.D.
Students 600+
Location Bryan, Texas, USA
Website http://medicine.tamhsc.edu/

The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine was established in 1977 and joined the Health Science Center in 1999. Thomas "Sam" Shomaker, M.D., J.D., began as the sixth dean of the College of Medicine on August 1, 2010.

The college's mission is to educate and equip physicians who are compassionate about their patients and dedicated to the communities in which they serve by improving their health and well-being through excellence in education, research and health care delivery. The vision is to develop innovators and leaders in medicine and biomedical research who will transform American medicine in the 21st century. With campuses in College Station, Houston, Dallas, Temple, and Round Rock, the college serves as a main academic and medical institution for the population within the area. Currently, all students spend their first year on the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine Bryan/College Station campus, and the remaining years students have the option to finish their education among the different campuses in Houston, Dallas, Temple, Round Rock, or remain in Bryan/College Station.[1]

More than 1,600 basic scientists and clinicians instruct students during the course of their medical education. The college offers M.D., M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.P.H, M.D./M.B.A., and several other M.D./M.S. dual degree programs.[2]


For the class entering in 2014, 4,144 students applied for 200 seats, an acceptance rate of 4.8%. The matriculating class had an average GPA of 3.7 and an average MCAT of 30.1.


Training Facilities and Curriculum[edit]

Beginning in their first year, students are able to supplement their education involving traditional lectures and other learning methods with access to the Clinical Learning Resource Center. Located in the Health Professions Education Building within the Texas A&M Health Science Center, students have access to a center consisting of 20 life-size simulation manikins located within eight simulation rooms that can be set up as an operating room with adjoining scrub sinks, an emergency room, a nursery, labor and delivery room, a 20 exam-table physical diagnosis room, two 10-bed hospital wards, two hospital rooms, 15 examination rooms, a nurses’ station, a medication room, and a simulated home environment. Two-way audio and video cameras in each room function in partnership with the manikin technology to allow administrators to control the manikins’ responses to the care administered by practicing students, while also allowing for real time and post-training review of student's actions.[5]

Beginning in 2015, the class graduating in 2019 in the College of Medicine will follow a 1.5 year pre-clinical curriculum, followed by 2.5 years of clinical training. In addition to a shortened pre-clinical curriculum allowing for clinical exposure prior to taking USMLE Step 1, students will also complete a scholarly research project as well as a concentration area over the rest of the medical school program. Concentration areas include: public health, global health, rural and community health, leadership and health advocacy, business, law, research, healthcare policy, and biotechnology, among others. Students are required to pass the USMLE Step 1 exam prior to starting the third year and USMLE Step 2 CS and CK prior to starting the fourth year. MD-PhD candidates have the option of completing the first two years of the MD program followed by three to fours years of graduate school then clerkship or completing medical school before commencing in the PhD portion of their program.[6]

Sequence of courses:

Year 1 (Pre-Clinical): Gross Anatomy, Foundations of Medicine I: Histology/Physiology/Embryology, Foundations of Medicine II: Molecular Medicine/Genetics/Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Introduction to Disease: Microbiology/Immunology/Basic Pathology, Integumentary/Musculoskeletal, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Clinical Skills I, Becoming a Physician I

Year 2 (Pre-Clinical): Hematology & Oncology, Renal & Genitourinary, Metabolism, Gastrointestinal, & Nutrition, Endocrine & Reproductive, Becoming a Physician II, O.C. Cooper Clinical Preceptorship

Year 2 (Clinical) - Year 3: Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Neurology & Psychiatry, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Surgery, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Electives

Year 4: Acting Internship Clinical Experience, Advanced Family Medicine Rotation, Critical Care Rotation, Emergency Medicine Rotation, Minor Concentration Area, Administrative Time, Electives

Teaching Hospitals and Clinical Affiliates[edit]

MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas
Central Texas VA Hospital, Temple, TX
Children's Hospital at Scott & White, Temple, TX

Clerkships are performed in different hospitals throughout the state. Students are now given the option to complete their clerkship at different clinical sites to ensure adequate training and exposure for all the students. Among the different clinical affiliates are:


  • Houston Methodist Hospital [1]
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center [2]
  • St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital
  • St. Joseph's Medical Center [3]
  • Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital [4]

Dallas-Ft. Worth

  • Baylor University Medical Center [5]
  • Cook Children's Hospital [6]


Bryan-College Station

  • St. Joseph Health System [10]
  • Scott & White Clinic [11]
  • College Station Medical Center [12]
  • Texas A&M Physicians [13]

Austin-Round Rock

  • Austin State Hospital [14]
  • Seton Medical Center [15]
  • Scott & White Healthcare - Round Rock [16]
  • Austin Lakes Hospital [17]
  • Bluebonnet Trails Mental Health Mental Retardation [18]
  • Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas [19]
  • Lone Star Circle of Care [20]
  • St. David's Round Rock Medical Center [21]
  • St. David's Georgetown Hospital [22]
  • St. David's North Austin Medical Center [23]
  • St. David's Medical Center [24]
  • Texas Star Recovery [25]

Community Involvement[edit]

Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine supports Health for All, a free clinic that provides medical services to indigent population of the Bryan-College Station, Texas area and Martha's Clinic in Temple, Texas. Students are offered a 10-week or 20-week indigent healthcare elective where they provide primary and specialty care for eligible patients. International medical missions to Mexico, Africa and South America have also been made possible through interdisciplinary collaboration between different Texas A&M Health Science Center schools and colleges.

Research Centers, Institutes & Labs[edit]

  • Cardiovascular Research Institute [26]
  • Center for Airborne Pathogen Research and Tuberculosis Imaging [27]
  • Center for Health Systems and Design [28]
  • Center for Microencapsulation and Drug Delivery [29]
  • Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance [30]
  • Institute for Ocular Pharmacology [31]
  • Institute for Regenerative Medicine [32]
  • The Texas Brain and Spine Institute [33]

Notable physicians and researchers[edit]

  • James Rohack, MD, 164th president of the American Medical Association, and former president of Texas Medical Association
  • Nancy Dickey, MD, 153rd president of the American Medical Association (their first female president, inaugurated in 1998), and vice chancellor for Texas A&M University System
  • Allison Ficht, PhD, vaccine development and translational research investigator in thermostable vaccines
  • George Chiou, PhD, ophthalmic pharmacotherapeutics and translational research investigator in age-related macular degeneration
  • David McMurray, PhD, microbiology researcher
  • Jeffrey Cirillo, PhD, microbiology research
  • Mark M. Shelton, (MD Class of 1983), specialist in infectious diseases and pediatric AIDS at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth; Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, 2009-2013
  • Robert Stone (scientist), Director of The National Institutes of Health from 1973 to 1975; the vice president for health services and dean of the school of medicine at the University of New Mexico, dean of the School of Medicine of the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center and vice president of the Health Sciences Center, and dean of the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.



  1. ^ "Campuses". http://medicine.tamhsc.edu/campuses/. 
  2. ^ "Degrees Offered". http://medicine.tamhsc.edu/degrees/index.html. 
  3. ^ "AAMC Data & Facts". https://www.aamc.org/data/facts/. 
  4. ^ "College of Medicine Admissions". http://medicine.tamhsc.edu/admissions/. 
  5. ^ "Clinical Learning Resource Center". http://www.tamhsc.edu/clrc/. 
  6. ^ "M.D. Program". http://medicine.tamhsc.edu/degrees/md.html. 

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