As Executive Dean of the new Engineering Medicine (EnMed) program, a collaborative venture between the Texas A&M University College of Medicine, College of Engineering, and Houston Methodist Hospital, Roderic Pettigrew will help students earn degrees in engineering and medicine within a blended four-year graduate program. A mind immersed in both the physical and life sciences, says Pettigrew, can provide expertise the twenty-first century desperately needs—the realm of the “physicianeer.”
Note: The technology discussed in the video below was developed by Mark R. Prausnitz and his team at Georgia Tech.
What is EnMed?
EnMed is Texas A&M University’s innovative Engineering Medicine school option, developed in a partnership among the Colleges of Engineering, Medicine, and Houston Methodist Hospital, to educate a new kind of physician with the potential to to make significant contributions to the transformation of health care through the development of innovative medical technologies. As part of Texas A&M’s College of Medicine’s MD program and the College of Engineering, EnMed is a fully-integrated educational and research medical school curriculum with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Advancements in technology are transforming health care at a rapid pace. The rate of technological change is faster and more complicated than can be absorbed by the medical workforce. A new type of educational program is needed that prepares professionals with the clinical skills to diagnose symptoms and treat patients, along with an engineering mindset to solve problems, invent new technologies and rapidly move these innovative ideas to practice in patient care. With Texas A&M’s land-grant mission, world-class engineering program, emerging medical sciences and in collaboration with the state’s top-ranked hospital, Texas A&M can lead in solving the most daunting health-related problems of the 21st century.
How is EnMed Unique?
EnMed students fulfill all academic and professional requirements for the MD degree, and engage in additional experiences involving engineering, innovation and entrepreneurship. These experiences are embedded within the curriculum from the first day, uniquely preparing EnMed graduates to be leaders in inventing and applying cutting-edge technologies into medical practice.
● EnMed blends research and commercialization opportunities with an innovative medical education model
● EnMed students earn a fully-integrated engineering and medicine degree in four years
● EnMed students are immersed in the process of developing innovative medical technologies
Where does EnMed Happen?
EnMed is located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Texas Medical Center (TMC) — the largest medical complex in the world—is at the forefront of advancing life sciences. Home to the brightest minds in medicine, TMC nurtures cross-institutional collaboration, creativity, and innovation to push the limits of what’s possible.
The EnMed Tripartite
EnMed is a collaborative venture between award-winning institutions and recognized leaders. See below to learn more about the Texas A&M University College of Medicine, the Texas A&M University College of Engineering and Houston Methodist Hospital.
A few thoughts on EnMed from the Texas A&M University Leadership…
“Medicine is about more than just biology; it requires technology development”
John Sharp Chancellor
“These innovators, ‘physicianeers’, will radically change the way that health care is delivered”
M. Katherine Banks
“EnMed blends research and commercialization opportunities with a robust medical education model”