Environment


UTMB

As the oldest academic medical center in Texas, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has been improving the health of society for more than a century through programs of excellence in health sciences education, research, and patient care. UTMB’s comprehensive clinical enterprise includes six hospitals (with a total of 800 beds) in Galveston and 100 campus- and community-based clinics throughout East and Southeast Texas, including the new UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes. In addition, the university is affiliated with the Shriners Hospital for Children–Galveston, one of the nation’s leading centers for the treatment of pediatric burn patients.

Combined, our schools of medicine, nursing, allied health sciences and graduate biomedical sciences have conferred more than 26,000 degrees throughout their history, and approximately one in six licensed physicians in Texas either earned a medical degree from UTMB or completed residency training here. UTMB’s education and patient care programs are complemented by a robust and multidisciplinary research environment that attracted more than $268 million in funding from federal and other sources in fiscal year 2003.

Galveston Island

Enjoying contrasting identities as the site of a bustling medical center and a relaxing seaside resort, Galveston has been recognized by several national groups as being among the nation’s most desirable areas in which to live. As a Gulf of Mexico barrier reef island, Galveston boasts a mild climate and miles of open beaches ideal for a variety of water sports. Activities such as biking, jogging, skating, golf, and tennis are also popular. The island has its own private and public school system. In addition to UTMB, Galveston Community College and a branch of Texas A&M University are also located on the Island.

The city features seasonal events that include a variety of ethnic and cultural festivals, the “Dickens on The Strand” winter festival that recreates the Victorian era, and a Mardi Gras celebration.

Moody Gardens offers a rainforest pyramid, fountains and flowering gardens, and a 3-D IMAX theater. You can enjoy a casual stroll on the historic seawall or go shopping in the Strand National Historic Landmark District. New to Galveston Island is the newest member of the Schlitterbahn family, which is the first convertible waterpark with closeable sections for indoor/outdoor, year-round fun including uphill water coasters, tube chutes, water slides, kiddie playgrounds, and whitewater rapids. The Galveston cruise ship terminal currently accommodates four cruise lines that sail weekly to the Bahamas, Mexico, and Central America, bringing the Caribbean to our doorstep. The number of ships and destinations is continually expanding.

An hour away, Houston offers the amenities of the nation’s fourth largest city, including a nationally acclaimed symphony, ballet, and opera companies and professional sports teams. Bush Intercontinental Airport is 75 minutes north of Galveston and Houston Hobby Airport is about 45 minutes away.