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Our History

This year, we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of welcoming students to the Texas A&M College of Medicine. Founded as part of Texas A&M University with a charter class of 32 students in 1977, the Texas A&M College of Medicine was one of five medical schools established by the Teague-Cranston Act. This federal bill created medical schools in conjunction with existing Veterans Affairs hospitals to meet the needs of the medically underserved areas of the country.

From the beginning, the College of Medicine has followed the land grant service tradition of Texas A&M University and sought to provide well trained physicians in areas of need, including primary care and clinical care in rural communities, and to provide affordable medical school training for medical students. To create a workforce equipped to answer these demands, and the demands of a changing health care landscape, the College of Medicine has consistently worked to innovate its curriculum, and increase its class size, faculty and resources. Now home to campuses in Bryan-College Station, Temple, Round Rock, Dallas and Houston, the College of Medicine currently enrolls approximately 800 medical students and more than 70 graduate students.

The college is proud to be home to approximately 2,500 clinical basic science faculty members.

Throughout the College of Medicine, active research programs are currently underway in biochemistry, cancer, cardiovascular and integrated biology, cell and molecular biology, clinical translational medicine, microbial and molecular pathogenesis and neuroscience. Research is conducted through both the basic science and clinical departments, and the research institutes affiliated with the college.

The College of Medicine remains committed to providing an environment which promotes integrity, compassion and excellence in its future physicians and scientists. An emphasis on broad-based instruction in the medical sciences produces individuals with the knowledge, expertise, and vision to meet the challenges facing medicine in the 21st century in human science, clinical skills and patient care.

Our History


The College of Medicine was chartered through the Teague-Cranston Act which provided funds to support the development of new medical schools in affiliation with established VA hospitals and state institutions of higher education.


The charter class entered the newly established College of Medicine.


The College of Medicine graduated its first class of 32 physicians.


Joe H. Reynolds Medical Building on the west campus of Texas A&M University completed.


The Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System established the Texas A&M Health Science Center with the College of Medicine as the initial focal program.


Class size for MD increased to 64 students.


Establishment of The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center approved.


The Medical Research Building opens in Temple.


The College of Medicine, Health Science Center and Prairie View A&M University collaborate to create an Undergraduate Medical Academy.


A rural medicine rotation in Beeville is added to the curriculum.


The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approves the College of Medicine’s request to increase annual class size to 200 students.


Temple Campus adds basic science training, and Bryan-College Station Campus adds clinical training, thus creating two four-year campuses. Class size of MD students increased to 105.  


Third- and fourth-year students begin rotating  at clinical affiliates in Round Rock.

The Institute for Regenerative Medicine (IRM) was founded in Temple on Scott & White’s west campus.


The Health Science Center dedicates the first building on the Round Rock campus. Approximately 45 students completed rotations in Round Rock in 2009.


The Health Science Center dedicates the first two buildings of the new Bryan Campus, the Health Professions Education Building and the Medical Education Research Building. 


Class size of MD students increased to 200.
Dallas campus opens its doors at Baylor University Medical Center.


Houston campus opens in partnership with Houston Methodist and Kelsey-Seybold Hospital.

New curriculum introduced to bring more flexibility and individualization to the MD education process and foster camaraderie with all first-year students attending the Bryan campus for the first 18 months of the curriculum.

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