About the SCI Medicine Program

The Baylor College of Medicine and University of Texas McGovern Medical School - Houston Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Medicine Fellowship is a collaboration between two respected institutions located within the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. This partnership provides a collaborative environment that bridges boundaries across institutions and specialties and is committed to providing the highest possible quality of interdisciplinary postgraduate fellowship training.

The Spinal Cord Injury Medicine fellows in both programs will be exposed to a broad spectrum of clinical management of spinal cord injury (SCI) including acute trauma and neuro‐surgical management, acute rehabilitation, and long-term sustaining care provided at the various training sites. Fellows have ample opportunity to participate in SCI‐related research. Fellows spend half of their time at TIRR | Memorial Hermann and half at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center SCI unit.

Each year there is one fellowship opening available at Baylor and two available at McGovern.

 Program Strengths

  • A good balance of both acute and chronic SCI, VA and private/academic practice, inpatient and outpatient experience, in the settings SCI professionals typically practice.
  • Opportunities to learn from more than 10 actively practicing, subspecialty‐certified SCI physicians with varied backgrounds and experiences, for a broad exposure to different practice styles.
  • A strong faculty commitment to fellow education, in which the faculty often outnumber the fellows during regular, formal didactics directed at a fellowship‐level of training.
  • Ample opportunity to manage and observe the types of patients and procedures not commonly seen in SCI centers with smaller volumes of patients.

Training Sites

Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Located on a 118‐acre campus and built in 1991, MEDVAMC is a state‐of‐the‐art facility that includes a 40‐bed Spinal Cord Injury Center. Many MEDVAMC programs have received national awards and honors, including accreditation from Joint Commission for hospital, long‐term care, and home care.

Research conducted by MEDVAMC staff ensures veterans access to cutting‐ edge medical and health care technology. With over 600 active research projects, the MEDVAMC Research & Development Program is an integral part of the medical center’s mission and plays a very important role in the health care veterans receive.

Memorial Hermann TIRR

Memorial Hemann TIRR is a freestanding rehabilitation hospital with an SCI Center that is internationally recognized for excellence in clinical care and research.