Has anyone heard about the possible merger between BCM, one of the only stand-alone medical schools in the country, and Rice University? Imagine that harmony in the heart of the Texas Medical Center. Private university + private medical school = lots of reputability and funding. Both institutions would benefit tremendously! 😀
At this point, BCM is my main focus. To think that it lost one of its main teaching hospitals (Methodist) and that it currently has some financial problems in funding its new hospital is kind of depressing; however, this merger could quickly resolve that. Rice and BCM already have a lot of collaboration in terms of research and academics (MD/Ph.D. program, Medical Scholars program, etc.), but a formal unification would only augment the realm of possibilities. It sounds like a match made in heaven, but I can only imagine how competitive and biased admissions will become. BCM already accepts so many Rice undergrad students, and in the event that both institutions merge, Rice students will have even more of an edge on the competition when applying to BCM.
…why can’t I just get the acceptance phone call? 😐