Hopefully there’s some “you scratch our back, we’ll scratch your back” in this deal so that our medical school can get off the ground.
The two land deals, Whitmire said, are “apples and oranges.” Not discussing the land purchase during the legislative session did not upset Whitmire because A&M had a plan for how it would use the property and because he was alerted in advance of the announcement, he said.
“It doesn’t bother me that I hadn’t heard about it in Austin last spring, because when I did hear about it, there were no holes in it,” he said.
UH has expressed interest in opening a medical school to provide primary care to underserved pockets of Houston, including in the neighborhoods around its southeast Houston campus.
UH spokesman Mike Rosen said in an email that a growing A&M presence would have “no impact” on UH’s ambitions to create a medical school because of the university’s goal to target community health, primary care and mental health services to underserved communities.