Timothy B. Boone, M.D., Ph.D.
It is an honor to be welcomed into the vast Aggie family, as the Houston Campus for the Texas A&M Health Science Center. In September, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) conducted a successful consultative site visit determining that the resources at Houston Methodist are adequate to support the proposed establishment of a branch campus – something that leaders from each institution already knew. With this good news, we are busy preparing for the kickoff of this new partnership.
Beginning in June 2015, 24 Texas A&M medical students will begin clinical training and graduate research in Houston, with plans for that number to double by 2016. The medical degree program will begin with two years of basic medical science and preclinical training at the Health Science Center in Bryan and continues with the third year rotation and options for fourth year electives at the Houston Methodist Hospital.
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 M.D./Ph.D. degree program, our institutions will work together to provide translational research opportunities at the Houston campus. Individuals pursuing an M.D./Ph.D. degree will take their medical and graduate sciences classes at Texas A&M campuses and complete three to four years of doctoral thesis work at the Houston Methodist Research Institute or the Institute for Biosciences and Technology.
Houston Methodist is one of the nation’s leading health systems and academic medical centers with a long legacy of health care innovation, cultivated by investment in medical research and education. In the U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 “Best Hospitals” issue, Houston Methodist Hospital, the flagship academic hospital, was ranked among the country’s top hospitals in 11 specialties − more specialties than any other hospital in Texas. It was also ranked No. 1 in the metro area and No. 1 hospital in Texas. Houston Methodist has also had the distinction of being placed on the FORTUNE magazine’s annual list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” since 2006.
With more than 540,000 square feet of research space embedded throughout the academic medical center, a proposed 11,00 square feet campus education center, 34 ACGME accredited programs that train 263 residents and fellows, 1460 credentialed researchers, and 562 faculty, Houston Methodist offers an optimal environment for student researchers and trainee clinicians to hone their skills. Together with the faculty and students of Texas A&M, we hope to combine the strengths of our two institutions to train the next generation of leaders in medicine and research. We look forward to working closely with the Health Science Center to ensure that the training program at the Houston Campus will emulate the excellence that already exists in the other campuses.
Timothy B. Boone, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice Dean, Houston Campus