Statement of Institutional Commitment

                     to Graduate Medical Education

The University of Texas Medical School at Houston is committed to providing the highest quality of education and training of future physicians for the State of Texas, in harmony with the State's diverse population, and to conduct the highest caliber of research in the biomedical and health sciences. We aim to provide an educational environment stressing comprehensive care, and to prepare our students and advanced trainees to serve all patients in need whatever their means, to make contributions to the understanding, prevention and treatment of disease and injury, and to pursue a lifetime of study so that they will remain the best possible practitioners of medicine. The fulfillment of the academic mission requires the provision of exemplary clinical services, primacy of prevention, leadership in research and research training, and continuing education of graduates and other healthcare providers.

The University of Texas Medical School at Houston as part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, a comprehensive health science center located in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, assumes ultimate responsibility for all of the graduate medical education programs under its sponsorship. In support of its vision, the institution is committed to excellence in both education and patient care and will provide an ethical and scholarly environment for these activities. Through the DIO, in collaboration with the Graduate Medical Education Committee, the institution will ensure substantial compliance with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Institutional Requirements as well as ensure that our ACGME accredited-programs remain in substantial compliance with the Institutional, Common and specialty-specific Program Requirements and the ACGME Policies and Procedures. In order to provide effective educational experiences for residents that lead to measurable achievement of educational outcomes, the institution will provide appropriate clinical venues for resident education through agreements with approved patient care facilities. Therein, the institution will provide guidance and supervision of residents while facilitating their professional, ethical and personal development and will further ensure that the patient care provided by residents is safe and appropriate. The institution is committed to providing the necessary educational, financial and human resources necessary to assure excellence in its graduate medical education programs.

This statement of commitment, approved by the Graduate Medical Education Committee, is supported by the governing authority, the administration and the faculty.

(Approved by the Graduate Medical Education Committee on December 13, 2010, and the Administrative Council of the UT-Houston Medical School on January 5, 2011. Endorsed by the Faculty Senate, UT-Houston Medical School on January 20, 2011).

Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, M.D.
Dean, The University of Texas
Medical School at Houston

Patricia M. Butler, M.D.
Sr. Associate Dean for Educational Programs
Medical School at Houston

John R. Potts, M.D.
DIO and Chair, Graduate Medical Education Committee
Medical School at Houston