The Texas Medical Center is the largest medical center in the world. Fellows will not be limited by their environment, as virtually any technology or expertise is available to them. Members of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology see patients in the following Baylor affiliated hospitals: Texas Children's Hospital (TCH), St Luke's Episcopal Hospital (SLEH), the Harris Health System's Ben Taub Hospital (BTH), the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VA), The Woman's Hospital of Texas (Woman's), and Fannin Surgicare (FSC).
Texas Children's Hospital was founded in 1954 and is now the largest pediatric hospital in the country, with 639 licensed beds. It is BCM's primary pediatric teaching hospital and its units specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of children with problems ranging from common medical disorders to rare disorders. TCH and its Integrated Delivery System include primary care and sub-specialist pediatricians, nurses, pharmacists, and other specialists. TCH is in the midst of a $1.5 billion expansion that includes a $600 million maternity and gynecology hospital scheduled to open in 2012.
The 912-bed St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital is one of BCM's teaching hospitals with a medical staff of nearly 1,600 physicians who provide consultations for all medical specialties. The SLEH operating room is fully equipped for operative laparoscopy, operative hysteroscopy and robotics procedures by the REI faculty.
Ben Taub Hospital is a 650-bed county hospital with a fully equipped operating room with operative laparoscopy and hysteroscopy equipment available. A consortium of Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, called the Affiliated Medical Services, constitutes the medical staff that supports all of the Harris Health System. Consultants in all medical specialties are available to assist in patient care.
The Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center has been affiliated with BCM since 1949. Located on a 118-acre campus and re-built in 1991, the VA is a state-of-the-art facility with 357 hospitals beds. BCM researchers collaborate with VA staff in studying various health problems. Members of the BCM faculty hold positions as medical service chiefs at the hospital. At least 95% of VA doctors have academic appointments at BCM.
Established in 1976, the Woman's Hospital of Texas is dedicated solely to the care of women and newborn infants. The hospital is an acute-care facility near the Texas Medical Center with 9,000 deliveries/year. The operating room has 9 fully equipped surgical suites. More than 650 board-certified physicians at Woman's offer their expertise in the areas of gynecology, regular obstetrical care, high-risk pregnancy and minimally invasive surgery.
Fannin Surgicare is a 17,000 square foot multi-specialty outpatient surgery center on the campus of the Woman's Hospital of Texas located approximately one mile South of the Medical Center. The facility has five state-of-the-art operating rooms particularly designed for minimally invasive surgery, video, laser laparoscopy, and operative hysteroscopy. Outpatient training sites for BCM REI include the BCM OB/Gyn clinical offices at the Baylor Clinic, The Woman's Hospital (IVF laboratory and clinical space), clinical offices of Dr. Lipshultz, (four exam rooms, one office, and one ultrasound all dedicated to Dr. Lipshultz practice and not shared with other services), the TCH Outpatient Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic, and the Medical Endocrinology Clinic.
In general, research space allocated to the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility is integrated within the main research facilities of the Department, facilitating optimal research administration and resource sharing.
In January 2011, funding was committed for new research space, personnel, and equipment. Approximately 18,000 sq.ft. of research space in the Feigin Research center will be custom-designed for the department with 2,500 sq.ft. dedicated to REI research. It will primarily include laboratory space, supplemented with a centralized Translational Research Support Unit (TRSU). As part of the expansion of Texas Children's Hospital a free-standing REI and in vitro fertilization center is scheduled to open in March of 2012.
The IVF, Hormone Assay and Andrology Laboratory on the campus of the Woman's Hospital provides a site for training fellows in IVF and hormone assays.
The Jesse H. Jones Library is located in the Texas Medical Center, less than a five-minute walk from the department. This comprehensive library houses thousands of volumes, carrying all clinical journals in pediatrics as well as obstetrics and gynecology. The 40,000-foot facility has an inter-library loan program and free computer text search. The library is self-supporting and is sponsored by the Texas Medical Center and the Texas Academy of Science. Fellows have access to all online facilities of the library including services such as UpToDate, MedConsult, and eMedicine.