Established in 1973 and enrolling its first class in 1977,
the College of Medicine has evolved into The Texas
A&M University System Health Science Center
College of Medicine. The college is the result of the
affiliation between Texas A&M University and several
clinical facilities. The college is located on the university campus at College Station. The clinical campus is
located in Temple, Texas.
4-year semitraditional. First and second years: These
are spent studying the basic medical sciences. Each
course includes clinical correlation experiences and
small group conferences; therefore, students begin
acquiring clinical skills in their first year. During the
second year, students spend half a day each week for
36 weeks learning fundamental clinical skills under the
supervision of practicing physician faculty members.
The ethical and social aspects of medical practice
receive special emphasis in the curriculum. Third and
fourth years: These are devoted to clinical training in
several different patient settings. Small clerkship
groups allow for intimate clinical training experiences.
Minority admissions: Recruitment is coordinated by
the School Relations Office (Admissions), and a summer research program is offered for minority high
school students. Other degree programs: Combined
MD-PhD degree programs are available.
The college considers individuals who have completed
their undergraduate coursework at an accredited college or university. By state mandate, enrollment of
individuals who are residents of states other than Texas
may not exceed 10%. Most entering students have
completed a baccalaureate degree before enrolling.The
basic premedical sciences plus 2 courses in English and
1 in calculus are required. Students are required to take
the MCAT. In the selection process, academic ability
and potential is determined from the applicant’s
scholastic record and MCAT scores. Considerable
weight is given to characteristics such as motivation,
maturity, and interpersonal skills. Experiences that
reveal leadership, determination, and a sense of service
are of special significance. Some realistic familiarity
with medicine is very desirable. Applicants with suitable credentials may be invited for a campus interview.
Transferred and advanced standing: Dependent on the
availability. Applicants must apply through the Texas
Medical and Dental Schools Application Service by
Letter grades are used for the first 3 years and
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory for the fourth.
Teaching: The basic sciences are taught at the Joe
Reynolds Medical Building located on the university
campus. Clinical training is obtained at the Scott and
White Hospital and Clinic (486 beds), and Olin E.
Teague Veterans Center (200 beds). Other: Darnall
Army Community Hospital (264 beds) and Driscoll
Children’s Hospital (188 beds). Library: The Medical
Library has 104,000 books and subscribes to 1700
journals. The clinical campus library contains 15,000
books and receives 1600 journals. Housing: Medical
students will find housing options in the Bryan/
College Station Community. On the Temple campus,
62 one and two-bedroom apartments are subsidized
by the college for medical students.
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