To celebrate the launch of Texas A&M University’s ENMED program that will train students jointly in medicine and engineering, a symposium was held at the Houston Methodist Hospital on Oct. 28. The attendees included current ENMED students and faculty, donors, and many distinguished guests from inside and outside academia.
The new Engineering Medicine program at Texas A&M University and its first students received an official welcome this week with “ENMED: From Vision to Reality” — a joint inaugural symposium. The event, hosted by Houston Methodist Hospital and Texas A&M, celebrated the program’s launch and debut class of physician-engineers.
Traditionally, medicine and engineering have been separate disciplines. Because of this divide, physicians and engineers increasingly have had to learn to work together as transformational technologies such as minimally invasive biomedical technologies, wearable devices and digital health continue to emerge.
Dr. Roderic Pettigrew has been named the recipient of the 2019 National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) Arthur M. Bueche Award for his contributions to technology research, policy and national and international cooperation.
Medical school students today are trained to diagnose complicated diseases, they’re rarely trained to engineer the solutions themselves. Soon, Texas A&M will start training doctors to also be engineers.
Medicine and engineering have long been taught in separate silos, but the rapid growth of wearable technologies, biomedical devices and digital health—born from the convergence of these two fields—necessitates integrated training.