The University of Houston College of Medicine is now an official member of the Texas Medical Center (TMC) – the largest medical complex in the world. As the 63rd member institution, the city of Houston’s first new medical school in nearly a half-century will have increased opportunities for collaboration with dozens of hospitals and academic institutions, including four other medical schools.
Home to some of the most highly respected medical institutions in the world, the Texas Medical Center sees more than 10 million patients per year, employs more than 106,000 total workers and houses the world's largest children's facility (Texas Children's Hospital), as well as the world's largest cancer hospital (MD Anderson Cancer Center). TMC member institutions work together to promote the highest standards of patient care, research and education.
“We are excited to welcome the UH College of Medicine to the Texas Medical Center,” said William F. McKeon, president and CEO of TMC. “The school’s mission of medical education and improving health care outcomes for underserved communities is complementary to the values, mission and goals of the Texas Medical Center, and we look forward to working collaboratively with UH College of Medicine to further benefit the communities that we serve.”
UH was named a TMC member institution in 2009 while the UH College of Pharmacy has been a member since 1980. But this is a significant milestone for the new College of Medicine, which was founded with a social mission to improve health in underserved communities in Houston and across Texas. The inaugural class of 30 medical students started in fall 2020.
“We are elated to join the Texas Medical Center as a member institution and look forward to engaging with colleagues at other institutions to advance clinical issues and best practices, and further joint research endeavors,” said Dr. Stephen Spann, founding dean of the UH College of Medicine and new member of the TMC Advisory Board. “The tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic has paradoxically produced an opportunity to address larger issues facing our health care systems, such as health equity. Together with our TMC partners, we can help be part of the solution.”