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Texas A&M Plans School That Will Combine Medicine And Engineering

It will be located at Houston Methodist and they project a first class of 50 students.

Texas A & M System chancellor John Sharp  (center) and Texas A & M president Michael Young (right) toured Houston Methodist after a taking part in a presentation on their upcoming school.
Texas A & M System chancellor John Sharp (center) and Texas A & M president Michael Young (right) toured Houston Methodist after a taking part in a presentation on their upcoming school.

With technology playing an increasingly big role in medicine, Texas A&M is planning a new school that will combine medicine and engineering to train future doctors.

The school, which will be located at Houston Methodist hospital, will be part of Texas A&M’s College of Medicine’s MD program and its College of Engineering.

The goal is teaching medicine to students who already have an engineering undergraduate degree into physicians who can skillfully work using technology.

“Technology is integral to where medicine is today and certainly to where medicine is going tomorrow, whether you are talking the technologies to assist in diagnoses or the technologies to assist in the research processes,” noted Marc Boom, president and CEO at Houston Methodist, during a presentation.

Researchers and students at the school will work on new orthopedics and prosthetics, and developing tissue regeneration and perfecting telemedicine are other possibilities.

Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp says new technologies are an example of what medicine can be like in the coming years with the work of their future students.

“A patient would simply walk through a doorway at home and the information would be sent to a specialist in Houston and that specialist in the Texas Medical Center would be able to communicate with the patient’s rural, small practice doctor,” Sharp commented.

Texas A&M projects the school’s first class will have 50 students who will start in fall 2017.

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