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CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System Partnering with Sam Houston State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine July 28, 2021

Picture of the group that makes up the partnership between CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System and Sam Houston State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine

Beaumont, TX – CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System is taking an exciting step toward bringing the next generation of physicians to this region. CHRISTUS has partnered with Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (SHSU-COM) to educate medical students in the classroom and the field. CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth is one of three sites where SHSU-COM third-year medical students will do their clinical rotations beginning Fall 2022.

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas is already taking significant steps to ensure the success of this new partnership. So far, approximately 50 of our physicians have committed to being preceptors, offering their time to help train and supervise the students who will work in our hospitals.

“As a progressive health care leader in this region, it is vital that we look to the future while taking care of our patients in the present,” said Waqar Ahmad, MD, Vice President, Medical Affairs, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System. “These students represent some of the brightest medical minds, and we are grateful that the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Sam Houston State University is our partner in this exciting venture.”

This collaboration will allow our dedicated physicians to teach some of the youngest and most diverse doctors in the state to Southeast Texas. After a competitive process with more than 2,100 applicants, the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Sam Houston State University (SHSU-COM) welcomed its inaugural class of 75 student doctors in August 2020. The program focuses on enrolling students who are reflective of the communities they serve, particularly those that are rural and underserved. This goal aligns with the CHRISTUS commitment to meet the changing medical needs of the people we serve throughout Southeast Texas.

“SHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine is fortunate to have a partnership with CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth to recruit from and help produce physicians for Beaumont and the surrounding region,” said Stephen L. McKernan, DO, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. “We have experienced a very welcoming community in southeast Texas.”

For more information, contact Bridget M. Johnson, CAPM© , Regional Clinical Coordinator, at (936) 202-5319 or visit the website of College of Osteopathic Medicine (shsu.edu).