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Fort Hood partners with Texas A&M to give students medical experience

June 2, 2017 (Photo Credit: Petty Officer 2nd Class Jhi Scott/Navy)
Fort Hood and Texas A&M University announced Wednesday they will partner to give medical students at the university an opportunity to learn in the military medical environment, according to a news report.

The new agreement will allow 60 medical students per year to learn from Army doctors at Fort Hood, Texas, the  Austin American-Statesman reported.

The students will team up with military medical professionals at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, which was recently expanded to nearly a million square feet. 

"The education opportunities are mutually beneficial," Col. Mark W. Thompson, commander of the medical center, said in the news report. "Not only does teaching medical students challenge our physicians to stay at the top of their game, being in a military medical environment allows medical students the chance to sharpen their critical thinking and communication skills."

The partnership is a "perfect fit," said A&M University President Michael Young.

“We look forward to serving soldiers and their families at Fort Hood, as well as veterans in the surrounding Killeen area,” Young said. 

"Medical and military service are two of the most meaningful ways an American can serve their fellow citizens," said Dr. Carrie Byington, dean of the Texas A&M College of medicine and senior vice president of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center. "We encourage our students to learn about the special health needs of a variety of populations. A re-emphasis on military medicine brings our focus back to our charter."

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