About the Campus
On July 1, 2014, Houston Methodist became the 5th campus of the Texas A&M University College of Medicine and in June 2015, the Houston Campus welcomed twenty-four third-year medical students to the Houston Methodist Hospital System clinical training program. Students can complete the 2.5 clinical years in Houston following a 1.5 years in Bryan.
For more than 50 years, Houston Methodist has exhibited a strong commitment to providing high quality medical education to medical students and residents under the leadership of some of the most influential names in medicine. The partnership with Texas A&M furthers the commitment of the Houston Methodist to continue training the medical students and future medical leaders who will be caring for the health and treatment of generations of Texans to come.
Houston Methodist Facilities
Houston Methodist is a leading academic medical center in the Texas Medical Center® and 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.
Houston Methodist Hospital, the system's flagship, will celebrate 100 years of operation in 2019 and is consistently listed among U.S. News & World Report's best hospitals (Ranked #1 in Texas in 2014). The hospital sponsors more than 300 trainees in 35 ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship programs and various training programs in pharmacy, physical therapy, and physician assistant studies, which will enhance an interprofessional approach to education.
In addition to the 3rd and 4th year clinical experience, Houston Methodist and Texas A&M have embarked on a joint MD/PHD degree program that will offer students the opportunity to work with Houston Methodist researchers in several areas of translational medicine. A cohort of students will complete medical and graduate science courses at Texas A&M campuses followed by completion of a 3-4 year doctoral thesis program at the Houston Methodist Research Institute or the Texas &M Institute for Bioscience and Technology.
About the Community
As the fourth largest city in the United States, Houston is home to a very diverse population that numbers more than 2.1 million people. The greater Houston area, which includes Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller counties covers 8,700 square miles and counts more than 5.95 million residents.
Although 50 miles inland, Houston is linked to the Gulf of Mexico by an inland water way that makes the sheltered Port of Houston the second largest shipping port for goods moved in the United States. The Port of Houston is a major reason more than 3,400 international companies doing business in 175 countries call Houston home. Houston is also a city of great diversity. Houston has a broad mix of ethnic citizens that speak 66 languages. We also host the counsels of 67 nations.
No matter your interests, Houston has something for you. You may choose to spend an evening watching one of our seven professional sports teams, Astros (baseball), Rockets (basketball), Comets (women's basketball), Thunder Bears (arena football), Texans (football), Energy (women's football) and Aeros (hockey). You can also choose to attend the opera or one of our amusement parks. Or you might choose to relax and have dinner at one of our more than 8,000 restaurants.
For two weeks each February, Houston holds the world's largest Rodeo. Staffed with more than 10,000 volunteers, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo draws crowds of more than 2 million people who come together to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships each year.
Of all the facilities that operate in our city, Houston is probably best known for being the home of NASA's space exploration programs. Since the first six astronauts arrived in Houston in 1962, NASA Johnson Space Center has been a focal point and national landmark for space exploration. After 40 years of development NASA has continued to build for our future by training astronauts, managing space launches, serving as mission control to the US space shuttle program, developing technology for spacecraft, and serving as the host center for the International Space Station. It is the presence of NASA that gained Houston its nickname the "Space City."
Houston is home to more than 75 museums including the Houston Museum of Fine Art, which when established in 1900 was the first art museum in Texas, and the Museum of Natural Science. Both are known for exceptional content and presentation, ranging from enormous dinosaur fossils to a live interactive collection of rare butterflies from around the world. Other Museums include the Fort Bend Museum, San Jacinto Battleground & Museum, Houston Holocaust Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum and the Children's Museum of Houston.
Houston is also home to a variety of performing arts. These include the Tony award winning (1996) Alley Theater, home of Houston's residential professional repertory theater company, and the Wortham Theater, home of the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Ballet, and the Houston Symphony Orchestra (which was established in 1913 and conducts 170 performances per year in Jones Hall). In fact, Houston is one of only four U.S. cities with permanent opera, ballet, symphony and drama companies.