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Houston Regional Campus

ABOUT HOUSTON CAMPUS

The Houston Campus was established in 2014, with the first cohort of students arriving in June 2015, ready to embark upon their clerkship experiences at the #1 ranked hospital in Texas, as recognized by U.S. News and World Report. Since that time, the campus has grown by leaps and bounds with the continued development of the clerkships, as well as an array of fourth-year elective opportunities at Houston Methodist Hospital and many other institutions that make up the Texas Medical Center.

MD/PhD Program

At Houston Methodist, we believe that innovative education and dedication to teaching the science of translational medicine is essential for training future academic medical leaders. As part of a joint MD/PhD degree program, our institutions provide translational research opportunities at the Houston Methodist Research Institute and the Institute of Biosciences and Technology.

EnMed

In addition, 2019 will usher in the nation’s first medical school track blending medicine and engineering into a four-year masters of engineering and MD degree through the EnMed program. This cutting edge program will create a new type of doctor, the ‘physicianeer’ to address our nation’s demand for more innovative approaches to care delivery and development.

Houston Aggie Medical Society

Together with the faculty and students of Texas A&M, and the support of the Aggie former student led Houston Aggie Medical Society (HAMS), we continue to strengthen the partnership between our two institutions as we to train the next generation of physician leaders in medicine and research.

Institute of Biosciences and Technology

The major Texas A&M College of Medicine research presence in Houston is the Institute of Biosciences and Technology, located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center. Houston Methodist is part of a larger system with six community hospitals serving the greater Houston area and an additional facility currently under construction. Houston Methodist prides itself on physicians and staff who exemplify the ICARE values of integrity, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence. Patient safety, quality and service are our highest priorities.

We offer numerous opportunities for education and research. We have recently joined a group of leading health institutions in Texas to co-found TMC3, a 30-acre collaborative research campus expected to be complete in 2022.

CLERKSHIP DIRECTORS & COORDINATORS

Our clerkship directors and coordinators assure that all of our medical students get the necessary curriculum required, utilizing an ever-expanding number of medical services and facilities in our community.

Family Medicine

Donald Briscoe, MD 
Clerkship Director

Dr. Donald Briscoe is the program director of The Methodist (Houston) Family Medicine Residency. He is also chairman of the Department of Family Medicine, as well as the medical director of Vecino Health Centers. He completed both his undergraduate degree and medical degree at the University of Virginia and completed his family medicine residency training at the Shadyside Hospital Residency Program in Pittsburgh. He has completed an academic family medicine fellowship at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, and the National Institute for Program Director Development fellowship program. Briscoe worked in a group family medical practice in the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia, prior to joining the residency faculty. Among other academic activities, Briscoe has been the author or co-author of several books, including Case Files: Family Medicine and Lange Q&A: USMLE Step 3. Briscoe is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. He holds the academic position of Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine in Medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Clerkship Assistant 
Erika Robinson

For more information about the family medicine clerkship, contact Clerkship Coordinator Melissa Roschal: 
mrroschal@houstonmethodist.org.


Internal Medicine

Christopher Peckins, MD 
Co-Director

J. Marietta Clewing, MD 
Co-Director

Dr. J. Marietta Clewing is a board-certified internist who joined the Department of Medicine in 2009 as an Instructor in Clinical Medicine. She currently serves as the medical student clerkship director. Clewing received her medical degree from the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany, and completed the residency program in internal medicine at Jacobi-Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. At graduation, she received the Ambulatory Care Resident of the Year Award. Clewing has a strong interest in medical education and is working as an attending physician on the University Teaching Service. She is a member of the Residency Evaluation Committee and the Resident Mentorship Program. Throughout her career, Clewing had a strong interest in clinical and experimental research resulting in various publications and national and international presentations. Prior to entering her residency program, Clewing held a research appointment in genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. Clewing received the General Internal Medicine Teaching Award as well as the Junior Clinical Instructor Award for 2010-2011. She was awarded the Junior Clinical Instructor Award again for 2011-2012.

Clerkship Assistants 
Michelle Henderson 
Lisa Caputo

For more information about the internal medicine clerkship, contact Clerkship Coordinator Ashley Mozey: 
ammozey@houstonmethodist.org.


OB-GYN

Konrad Harms, MD 
Clerkship Director

Dr. Konrad Harms completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Christus St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, where he earned numerous honors including Highest CREOG Exam Score in 2000, 2001 and 2002. He continued to garner numerous honors after joining the attending staff there in 2002, including CREOG Educational Faculty of the Year (2003), Christus St. Joseph OB-GYN Residency Faculty of the Year (2005), and Best Teacher in Obstetrics and Gynecology for The Methodist Hospital OB-GYN Residency Program (2007, 2009). Harms joined the attending staff at Methodist in 2006. He has chaired the Department of OB-GYN at St. Joseph Medical Center since January of 2009.

Clerkship Assistants 
Linda Swagger

For more information about the OB-GYN clerkship, contact Clerkship Coordinator Vanessa Yocouby: 
vyacouby@houstonmethodist.org.


Pediatrics

Caroline Marcus, MD 
Co-Director

Richard Byrd, MD 
Co-Director

Dr. Richard Byrd is the chief of pediatrics at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. Byrd received both his undergraduate degree in pre-medicine and his medical degree from Texas A&M University and completed his internship and residency at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas. Byrd is a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, Texas Pediatric Society, Harris County Medical Society and the Houston Pediatric Society.

For more information about the pediatrics clerkship, contact Clerkship Coordinator Melissa Roschal: 
mrroschal@houstonmethodist.org.


Psychiatry

Ranjit Chacko, MD 
Clerkship Director

Dr. Ranjit Chacko cares for patients on the Houston Methodist Hospital inpatient psychiatric unit and provides consultations throughout the hospital. His clinical interests include acute management of patients with mood, anxiety, thought and/or substance use disorders. He has additional interest in treating patients with mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, delirium and substance use issues in the context of a wide range of other medical illnesses. Chacko graduated from the University of Colombo, Facility of Medicine, Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1971. He works in Houston and specializes in psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. Chacko is affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital.

Clerkship Assistants 
Ivonne Montemar

For more information about the psychiatry clerkship, contact Clerkship Coordinator Ruth Sanchez: 
rsanchez3@houstonmethodist.org


Surgery

Vadim Sherman, MD, FACS, FRCSC 
Clerkship Director

Dr. Vadim Sherman is a Board Certified General Surgeon. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. His undergraduate studies were in honors physiology at the University of Alberta. He completed medical school at the University of Western Ontario. Sherman performed his general surgery training at McGill University. During his training, he also earned a Master of Science from McGill University. He completed a one-year fellowship in advanced minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. Sherman is actively involved in a number of surgical societies including the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He has trained medical students, surgical residents, fellows and surgeons in advanced minimally invasive and bariatric techniques. He has authored a number of peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and surgical videos. He has also lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of surgical weight management. His research interests are in bariatric surgery, surgical education and advanced minimally invasive surgical outcomes. Sherman's clinical expertise is minimally invasive gastro-intestinal surgery, with the primary focus being bariatric surgery. He performs surgery for reflux disease, hernia repair and other intestinal diseases. Sherman is committed to providing patients with comprehensive care and advanced surgical solutions at the highest standard of excellence.

Clerkship Assistants 
Mia Nellums

For more information about the surgery clerkship, contact Clerkship Coordinator Elizabeth Stacker: 
estacker@houstonmethodist.org.

INSTITUTE OF BIOSCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY

Researchers at the Texas A&M Institute of Biosciences and Technology in Houston work to improve the quality of health care through innovative research and education. The institute is organized into centers of research excellence in cancer, genomics and disease, developmental biology and birth defects, and infectious disease.

Texas A&M Institute of Biosciences and Technology

ENGINEERING MEDICINE (ENMED)

EnMed is Texas A&M University’s innovative Engineering Medicine school option, developed in a partnership among the Colleges of Engineering, Medicine, and Houston Methodist Hospital, to educate a new kind of physician who will create transformational technology for health care.

Learn more about EnMed

HOUSTON AGGIE MEDICAL SOCIETY

Houston Aggie Medical Society (HAMS) is a newly-formed organization dedicated to advancing the recent affiliation of the Texas A&M College of Medicine and Houston Methodist Hospital. Currently, the College of Medicine has 48 future physicians completing their clinical training at the world-renowned Houston Methodist Hospital, and that number will continue to increase in the future. This is an exciting time for the College of Medicine and the Houston Methodist Hospital.

Learn more about Houston Aggie Medical Society (HAMS)