Officials with Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and the Texas A&M University School of Medicine gathered Feb. 27 to celebrate the opening of a newly built, dedicated learning space for medical students.

How we got here

According to a Feb. 28 news release from the hospital, the entities formed a partnership in 2020 to provide third- and fourth-year medical students with hands-on experience alongside practicing and experienced physicians to learn the latest technology and medical advancements.

The program began with 10 students per class and has since grown to over 25 students per class. Other notable highlights of the program's growth include:
  • Launching an emergency medicine clerkship
  • Expanding teaching faculty from approximately 50 to over 100 members
  • Offering psychiatry clerkship in the Texas Medical Center
  • Providing two Practice of Medicine courses for residency preparation
  • Increasing student and physician participation in the Quality and Patient Safety Symposium
  • Contributing to the Health System Science distinction offered to students
  • Developing a student-run clinic with TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries and primary care volunteer physicians.
The details

Located on the Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital campus, the new space nearly triples the space previously allocated toward medical students and includes:
  • Study areas
  • Classrooms
  • A library
  • Break rooms
  • Wellness rooms