Construction has begun on a new Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (SHSU-COM) in Montgomery County in Grand Central Park. The 108,000 square foot medical school building will be situated on a 7.3-acre property on I-45 just south of South Loop 336 in Conroe.
Substantial completion is expected by December 2019. A future phase two expansion will add another 108,000 square feet. Surface parking will then be decreased with the addition of a parking garage. SHSU-COM will be the first medical school in Montgomery County and the third osteopathic college in Texas
SHSU-COM will focus on preparing primary care doctors to practice in rural and underserved communities in East Texas. Currently, Texas ranks 47th out of 50 states in primary care physicians. With a ratio of one primary care physician for every 4,510 people, SHSU-COM will help address a significant shortage.
In September 2019, SHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine (SHSU-COM) received Pre-Accreditation from their national accrediting body, the COCA contingent upon a Spring 2020 site visit.