Texas Board Approves New Medical School

Sam Houston State University’s pitch to open a medical school in Conroe — a program school officials said would draw primary care physicians to rural and underserved parts of the state — was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Tuesday with a 5-4 vote.

With that sign-off, Sam Houston officials have overcome a crucial hurdle in their bid to launch a doctor of osteopathic medicine program at a campus about 30 miles from the Huntsville-based school. The program, which is expected to enroll some 150 students starting in 2020, must now receive accreditation.

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