Paul B. Hicks, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Science

Paul HicksThe College of Medicine Temple campus is the site of three teaching hospital affiliates: Scott & White Medical Center, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center (at Fort Hood in Killeen), and Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS).

Scott & White and CTVHCS have been clinical teaching sites since the inception of clinical training in the College of Medicine in 1979. Early in its development, Scott & White became a leader in the state of Texas in both medical innovation and education. CTVHCS began as the McCloskey Army Hospital, which served as a treatment and rehabilitation center during World War II. Olin E. Teague recuperated from war injuries there. When the Department of Veterans Affairs established a Veterans Affairs medical center on the site of the McCloskey Army Hospital it was named after him. One of the most active U.S. military hospitals, the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, is the namesake of Brigadier General Carl Rogers Darnall, discoverer of the value of using liquid chlorine to purify water for troops.

Scott and White Medical Center – Temple is licensed for over 600 beds and serves as a major academic and teaching hospital within the Baylor Scott & White Healthcare system. In October 2013, the hospital, as part of the Scott & White Healthcare system, merged with Baylor Health Care System to form Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not-for-profit health care system in the state of Texas. Scott & White Medical Center has been synonymous with excellence in diagnosis, care and treatment for more than 100 years. In addition to exceptional medical and surgical subspecialty teams, Scott & White Medical Center features the only Level 1 Trauma Center between Dallas and Austin, a new Bone and Joint Institute, advanced imaging facilities, and organ transplant services (heart, lung, kidney and pancreas). Its educational environment is enhanced by a state-of-the-art simulation center, the Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Medical Center, 35 ACGME (Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education) accredited residency and fellowship programs, many non-ACGME physician and clinical doctorate programs, and approximately 1,000 senior staff physicians. The Scott & White Medical Center graduate medical education programs train over 490 residents and fellows each year.

CTVHCS is comprised of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers located in Temple and Waco, an outpatient clinic in Austin, as well as four community-based outpatient clinics. The system is one of the largest VA integrated health care systems and provides a full range of medical, surgical, psychiatric and rehabilitation services with inpatient medical/surgical hospital beds, a hospice unit and a community living center. CTVHCS has substantial inpatient psychiatric facilities and one of the few Blind Rehabilitation Centers in Veterans Affairs on its Waco campus. CTVHCS conducts PTSD and traumatic brain injury research for Veterans through the VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans in Waco. Residents and fellows from Scott & White Medical Center receive training at CTVHCS.

Carl R Darnall Army Medical Center supports Fort Hood, Texas, the Army's premier power projection platform. Overall the hospital supports more than 42,000 active duty personnel and more than 160,000 family members and retirees within a 40-mile radius. Since early 2003, only Walter Reed and Eisenhower Medical Centers have treated more Soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan. On an average day, Darnall medical staff delivers 7 infants, handles 4,258 outpatient visits, 19 surgeries, 28 admissions, 226 emergency room visits and fills 4,160 prescriptions. Residency training in Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine, as well as Fellowships in Emergency Medicine Ultrasound and Family Medicine Obstetrics, are sponsored. Darnall proudly supports primary medical school affiliations with both the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Texas A&M College of Medicine.

The breadth and depth of the medical facilities and programs offered at the Temple campus are matched only in widely celebrated university medical centers. This is an inviting venue in which to receive your clinical training. Join us as we guide your educational experiences to be the best they can be.