Med school for engineers in the works at Texas A&M

College Station-based Texas A&M University plans to establish an engineering medical school at Houston Methodist Hospital, pending various approvals.

This school would educate physicians who can also invent transformational healthcare technology, according to a statement from the school. The Texas A&M University Engineering Medicine School, nicknamed EnMed would blend education, translational research and commercialization opportunities, putting a special focus on innovation and entrepreneurship.

"The medicine of tomorrow will not be practiced in the way that it is today. Medicine is not just about biology, it requires technology development," John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, said in the statement. "This school would not only train doctors, but allow them to invent new products and take their inventions to the marketplace. EnMed would expand the healthcare technology market at the Texas Medical Center. The potential economic impact to the region would be huge."

If approved, 50 physician engineers would start their studies in fall 2017.


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