Galveston / Houston

Todd Canada, Pharm.D., BCNSP,FASHP

Regional Director:

Sharla Tajchman, Pharm.D.

Institutional Coordinator:

Consuelo Worley, MS, R.Ph.

Advanced Community Practice Coordinator:

 CITIES ENCOMPASSED BY THE REGION

Most rotations are at the Texas Medical Center in Houston or in Galveston at UTMB. Other cities include:

Baytown
College Station
Friendswood
Galveston
Houston
Humble
Huntsville
Katy
League City
Pasadena
Pearland
Sugarland
The Woodlands
Webster

 TYPES OF INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCES AVAILABLE IN THE REGION

Adult Medicine
Ambulatory Care
Ambulatory Care- Infectious Disease
Anticoagulation
Cardiology
Clinical Pharmacy Management
Community Management
Compounding Pharmacy
Critical Care Medicine
Drug Information
Emergency Medicine
Home Healthcare
Institutional
Infectious Disease
Investigational Drugs
Medication Safety
Neonatology
Neurology
Nuclear Pharmacy
Nutritional Support
Oncology
Pediatrics
Institutional Pharmacy Management
Pharmacoeconomics
Psychiatry
Poison Control Center
Transplant
Veterinary Medicine


INTERNSHIP FACILITIES 

Texas Medical Center

  • The Texas Medical Center (TMC)—the largest medical complex in the world
  • 7.2 Million Visits Per Year – More than the populations of Los Angeles, Houston, and San Francisco—combined.
  • 7,000 Patient Beds in less than one square mile – If they were all stacked, they’d measure approximately 1.65 miles —the equivalent of 7 Empire State Buildings
  • 42 member institutions with 10 hospitals
  • 2 Medical schools
  • 4 Nursing Schools
  • Schools of pharmacy, dentistry and public health
  • 16, 500 students in scheduled classes
  • Over 100,000 employees

UT-MD Anderson Cancer Center

  • 550 beds
  • specializing in cancer treatment and research

St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

  • 600 beds
  • home of the Texas Heart Institute

The Methodist Hospital

  • 1,514 beds
  • teaching hospital for Baylor College of Medicine

The VA Medical Center

  • 360 hospital beds
  • a 40-bed Spinal Cord Injury Center
  • a 120-bed transitional care unit for long-term care

University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)

  • 809 licensed beds
  • 6 hospitals
  • 2,500 students
  • Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Alled Health Sciences (PA, PT/OT), Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • 35,000 inpatient admissions
  • 700,000+ outpatient visits

Methodist San Jacinto

Texas Children’s (TIRR)


THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING WHERE TO LIVE

  • If you will have rotations in Houston and in Galveston, you may wish to stay in a central location such as the League City, Webster, Clear Lake area. YOU WILL LIKELY HAVE ROTATIONS IN BOTH HOUSTON AND GALVESTON.
  • Campus Housing is also available on a first come, first serve basis. Get your applications in early.
  • Houston Campus Housing 
  • Galveston Campus Housing

Parking Considerations

Parking can be difficult in the Medical Center as well as at UTMB. Some Medical Center hospitals have designated parking lots available for students with a shuttle bus. You can ride the campus shuttle bus if you have your medical center ID badge. Contract parking is available. Check with your preceptor for available parking options. At UTMB you will be eligible for student parking which is around $25/semester. Contract parking is available. Parking at the VA as well as the most of the other hospitals outside of the medical center and UTMB is free.


BASE CAMPUS/WHERE STUDENTS WILL GATHER FOR MEETINGS

Students will meet primarily at MD Anderson on the Texas Medical Center Campus or at UTMB in Galveston. Be prepared to travel to any of these facilities at any time.


AVAILABILITY OF SERVICES ON AFFILIATED CAMPUS 

Houston Campus Library

Houston Campus Library Student Health

Galveston – UTMB


GENERAL FACTS

  • Houston, at approximately 596 square miles with 2.14 million residents in mid-2006, is the fourth most populous city in the United States, trailing only New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The 10-county Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has a population of 5.54 million, ranking sixth nationally.
  • Diverse population – 37.4 percent Hispanic, 49.3 percent Caucasian, 29.3 percent African-American and 5.3 percent Asian.
  • Houston provides the opportunities and conveniences found in large cities, but is more affordable than many small cities.  Bargain housing prices and a low tax burden keep living expenses in Houston below those in most other major metropolitan areas.
  • The ACCRA Cost of Living Index shows that Houston’s living costs are 24 percent below the average for 24 metro areas with populations of more than 2 million.
  • Texas Medical Center (TMC) with 46 member institutions is the largest medical complex in the world. The complex includes 13 renowned hospitals and two specialty institutions, two medical schools, four nursing schools and schools of dentistry, public health, pharmacy and virtually all health-related careers.
  • Among the renowned institutions that are a part of the TMC are the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, one of the world’s leading cancer treatment and research centers; Texas Children’s Hospital, an international leader in pediatric medicine; and Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, a leader in heart treatment.
  • Located 23 miles south of Houston, NASA/Johnson Space Center (named for Lyndon B. Johnson) is the training facility for all of America’s astronauts.
  • Johnson Space Center employs approximately 17,000 engineers, scientists and administrative personnel. Mission Control Houston teams have been vital to every U.S. human space flight since 1965, including the Apollo mission and more than 100 Space Shuttle flights.
  • Houston averages only 18 days per year with temperatures of 32oF or less and 100 days with high temperatures of 90oF or more. Temperatures rarely reach 100oF.
  • A statistically average year contains 90 “clear” days, concentrated in October and November; 115 “partly cloudy” days, typical of June through September; and 160 “cloudy” days, common in December through May.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Two major airports: Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport with 22 airlines serving these airports.
  • Houston is the crossroads for Interstates 10 and 45.  Other major highways serving Houston are Loop 610, U.S. 59, U.S. 290, U.S. 90, Texas 288, Texas 225, Hardy Toll Road, Sam Houston Tollway and the Grand Parkway (Texas 99).
  • METRORail is a 7.5-mile rail line that connects the University of Houston-Downtown, the Central Business District, Midtown, the Museum District, Rice University, the Texas Medical Center and Reliant Park.
  • The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is recognized by transit authorities as one of the best and safest in the nation.
  • METRO operates more than 1,400 accessible buses.
  • Galveston’s greatest attraction in recent years has been the advent of cruising with Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Princess Cruise Lines all finding a home at the Port of Galveston.


SUMMARY 

ResidentsThe Galveston/Houston region offers a variety of internship opportunities for students. The region is also rich in cultural and recreational activities. All of these factors combined make the Galveston/Houston area an excellent experiential region.


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