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. With primary campuses in College Station and Temple and programs throughout Central Texas, North Texas and the Coastal Bend, the college serves as a main academic and medical institution for the population within the area.

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, and M.D./M.B.A. programs.


In 2011, 3,480 students applied for 200 seats in the class of 2015.


Currently, The College of Medicine follows a traditional curriculum composed of two years of basic science and two years of clinical clerkships. 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.

Sequence of courses:

Year 1: Gross Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology/Histology, Neuroscience, Becoming a Clinician

Year 2: Pathology, Pharmacology, Immunology, Microbiology, Becoming a Clinician, Intro to Internal Medicine, Intro to Pediatrics, Emergency Preparedness, Advance Life Support

Year 3: Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, Surgery, Internal Medicine, Radiology

Year 4: Acting Internship, Alcohol and Addiction, Becoming a Clinician, 32 weeks of Electives

Teaching Hospitals and Clinical Affiliates[edit]

Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas
Central Texas VA Hospital, Temple, TX
Children's Hospital at Scott & White, Temple, TX

Third and fourth-year clerkships are performed in different hospitals throughout the state. Students are now given the option to complete a portion of their entire clerkship at different clinical sites to ensure adequate training and exposure for all the students.


Bryan-College Station

  • St. Joseph Health System [4]
  • Scott & White Clinic [5]
  • College Station Medical Center [6]
  • Texas A&M Physicians [7]

Austin-Round Rock

  • Austin State Hospital [8]
  • Seton Medical Center [9]
  • Scott & White Healthcare - Round Rock [10]
  • Austin Lakes Hospital [11]
  • Bluebonnet Trails Mental Health Mental Retardation [12]
  • Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas [13]
  • Lone Star Circle of Care [14]
  • St. David's Round Rock Medical Center [15]
  • St. David's Georgetown Hospital [16]
  • St. David's North Austin Medical Center [17]
  • St. David's Medical Center [18]
  • Texas Star Recovery [19]

Corpus Christi

  • Driscoll Children’s Hospital [20]
  • Driscoll Children's Hospital Pediatric Residency Program [21]
  • CHRISTUS Spohn Health System [22]
  • Corpus Christi Family Practice Residency Program [23]
  • Christus Spohn Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Dallas-Ft. Worth

  • Baylor University Medical Center [24]
  • Cook Children's Hospital[www.cookchildrens.org]

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 [25]
  • Center for Airborne Pathogen Research and Tuberculosis Imaging [26]
  • Center for Health Systems and Design [27]
  • Center for Microencapsulation and Drug Delivery [28]
  • Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance [29]
  • Institute for Ocular Pharmacology [30]
  • Institute for Regenerative Medicine [31]
  • The Texas Brain and Spine Institute [32]

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



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