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Houston Methodist Hospital Becomes Teaching Hospital for Texas A&M

A decade after its break with Baylor, Houston Methodist Hospital finds a new partner in Texas A&M in Bryan-College Station.

TAMHSC_Methodist_1.jpg Dr. Marc Boom (front left), president and CEO of Houston Methodist, shakes on the new partnership with Dr. Brett P. Giroir, CEO of Texas A&M Health Science Center. (Also in attendance at the signing ceremony were, from left to right: Texas A&M Regent John D. White, Representative John Zerwas, M.D.; Dr. Robert Robbins, president and CEO of Texas Medical Center; Texas A&M Regent Charles W. Schwartz.)

For decades, Methodist Hospital was the teaching hospital for the Baylor College of Medicine.

But there was a bitter break-up in 2004, involving disputes over money and control.

In the intervening years, Methodist has continued to train some medical students, such as students from Cornell University’s Weill Medical College in New York City. But the students came for short rotations, usually 12 weeks at a time. The hospital lacked a permanent academic partner in Texas.  

Now Texas A&M plans to send some of its medical students from Bryan-College Station to Houston Methodist for clinical rotations, starting next fall. Those students will spend up to two years training at the hospital. 

“During the third and fourth year of medical school, medical students will rotate at a hospital, that’s how they gain clinical experience,” said Dr. Marc Boom, president of Houston Methodist. “So they’ll rotate through medicine and surgery and all the different specialties. We have a rich clinical environment, we have literally hundreds of thousands of patients coming here each year.”

Dr. Brett Giroir, CEO of the Texas A&M Health Science Center, says eventually about 50 medical students a year will do their rotations at Houston Methodist.

He says many of them will be attracted by the research going on at Houston Methodist, like nano-medicine and high-tech medical imaging.

“It is a natural partnership that they can have a full medical school associated with them for education and research,” he said. “And for us it’s a tremendous opportunity to be at the state’s best hospital within the Texas Medical Center.”

Houston Methodist benefits because of the prestige of being a teaching hospital and the opportunity for physicians to work as faculty members and train the next generation of doctors. Medical students who train at the hospital may also be more drawn to applying for a residency there after graduation. Houston Methodist has about 230 residents on its campus training in various specialties. 

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