Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
|Dean||Carrie L. Byington, M.D.|
|Location||Bryan, Texas, USA
In 1977, members of the College of Medicine's charter class of 32 students began their medical training on Texas A&M University's campus. 1981 marked the year the first medical degrees were awarded, and since then, more than 2,258 physicians have graduated from Texas A&M College of Medicine. In 1999, the College of Medicine joined the newly created Texas A&M Health Science Center.
The college's mission is to improve the health and well-being of the people of Texas through excellence in education, research and health care delivery. The college's vision is to develop the 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.
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.
Training Facilities and Curriculum
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.
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.
Teaching Hospitals and Clinical Affiliates
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 
- MD Anderson Cancer Center 
- St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital
- St. Joseph's Medical Center 
- Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital 
- Scott & White Memorial Hospital
- McLane's Children's Hospital at Scott & White 
- Central Texas Veterans Health Care System
- Darnall Army Medical Center at 
- St. Joseph Health System 
- Scott & White Clinic 
- College Station Medical Center 
- Texas A&M Physicians 
- Austin State Hospital 
- Seton Medical Center 
- Scott & White Healthcare - Round Rock 
- Austin Lakes Hospital 
- Bluebonnet Trails Mental Health Mental Retardation 
- Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas 
- Lone Star Circle of Care 
- St. David's Round Rock Medical Center 
- St. David's Georgetown Hospital 
- St. David's North Austin Medical Center 
- St. David's Medical Center 
- Texas Star Recovery 
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
- Cardiovascular Research Institute 
- Center for Airborne Pathogen Research and Tuberculosis Imaging 
- Center for Health Systems and Design 
- Center for Microencapsulation and Drug Delivery 
- Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance 
- Institute for Ocular Pharmacology 
- Institute for Regenerative Medicine 
- The Texas Brain and Spine Institute 
Notable physicians and researchers
- 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.