Texas higher ed board recommending UH med school approval

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Khator emphasized that UH still plans a footprint in the medical center. She said UH will renovate a building it owns there on Moursund Street at Braeswood Boulevard — the site not chosen for the medical school — and utilize it for educational and research programs.

The board also approved the establishment of tuition and fees for the doctor of medicine degree at $23,755. They said that’s on par with such degrees at existing Texas public universities and less than half the $55,000 to be charged at Sam Houston State University’s planned osteopathic medical school. Sam Houston officials will hold ground-breaking ceremonies on its facility in Conroe Friday.

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But in even in a best-case scenario, that would take time for both to ratchet up to make an impact. The schools hope to begin enrolling students in fall 2020 — that’s still contingent on permission from their accrediting bodies — and grow from initially smaller classes, specifically from 30 to 120 at UH and from 75 to 150 at Sam Houston State. It would be at least 2030 before significant numbers of the new doctors will have finished their residency programs and begun practices in primary care.