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
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
UTMB Graduation Medical Education has created a recruitment video highlighting the history of UTMB, campuses education the Galveston community.
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
companies and professional sports teams. Bush Intercontinental
Airport is 75 minutes north of Galveston and Houston Hobby Airport is
about 45 minutes away.