A brand new medical school for physician engineers will open at Texas A&M University, according to an announcement made by the school.

The innovative school, called Engineering Medicine School (EnMed), will be located at Houston Methodist Hospital and is designed for training students who will invent health care technology that will transform the field.

 Medicine is not just about biology, it requires technology development,” said John Sharp, Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System. “This school would not only train doctors, but allow them to invent new products and take their inventions to the marketplace. EnMed would expand the health care technology market at the Texas Medical Center. The potential economic impact to the region would be huge.” As one of the first and few options for students interested in medicine and engineering, EnMed “would be an integrated educational and research medical school focused on innovation and entrepreneurship.”

With the field of health care technology growing at a rapid pace, EnMed comes at a great time for the space. Not only will students get the opportunity to gain the clinical skills needed to diagnose and treat patients, they will also get the chance to implement engineering practices and models to apply to practice. Moreover, they’ll gain the skills and experience to develop new technologies and discover ways to take their ideas from practice to the patient care setting.

According to the schools website, EnMed is unique in a few ways. EnMed students will fulfill all academic and professional requirements for the MD degree, but will also engage in additional experiences involving engineering, innovation, and entrepreneurship. These experiences will be embedded within the curriculum from day one, uniquely preparing EnMed graduates to be leaders in inventing and applying cutting-edge technologies into medical practice.

Described as a school unlike no other, EnMed will be tasked with taking on the health care issues that not only depend on bioengineering, but also mechanical, chemical, electrical, and computer engineers. “There are other programs that link medicine with bioengineering, but this is different, Texas A&M Engineering Vice Chancellor and Dean of Engineering M. Katherine Banks explained.

“All students in EnMed will be expected to invent something transformational before they graduate. These innovators, or “physicianeers,” will radically change the way that health care is delivered.”

“As a physician who has long been interested in engineering, I’m particularly excited that EnMed will train a new kind of medical doctor who will be able to design technology to tackle the most complex problems in medicine,” said Marc Boom, M.D., President and CEO of Houston Methodist. “This new collaboration could quickly impact the future of health care.” The first group of medical students will begin their studies at EnMed in Fall 2017. To learn more about this program, visit enmed.tamu.edu.