UH welcomes Gov. Abbott for College of Medicine bill signing ceremony

Texas Governor Greg Abbott will recognize the new University of Houston College of Medicine during a bill signing ceremony today at UH. The governor officially signed HB826 into law in May establishing the city of Houston’s first medical school in nearly a half-century. And for the first time, renderings of the university’s new 150,000 square-foot medical school building — to be constructed on campus across from MacGregor Park — will be available.

In May, Governor Abbott officially signed into law establishing Houston’s first medical school in nearly a half-century.

"Our population has grown substantially since that time. Texas has fewer doctors than many of our states when we compare physician population ratio," said College of Medicine founding dean Dr. Stephen Spann.

He said Texas has a need for more physicians.

"We're 41 out of 50 states in terms of overall physician population ratio and 47 out of 50 states in terms of primary care physician population ratios," said Spann.

The college will admit 30 students in its inaugural class, pending accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

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