This week, San Antonio is hosting Navy Week 2010. Come summer, it will play more than just host – it will become the home of students aspiring to embark on medical careers with the military, as the Medical Education & Training Campus (METC) starts classes. Located in Fort Sam Houston, METC will be the largest such institution in the world.
According to a feature on My San Antonio, METC and the Army Medical Department Center and School expects fifty thousand graduates a year. They will be coming from across all branches of the military: the Army, Air Force and Navy. In contrast, the School of Health Professions of the University of Texas Health Science Center has an estimated seven hundred students. Rear Admiral William Kiser will be METC’s first commandant; he spoke before the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce during their Military Affairs Committee luncheon on April 14 as part of Navy Week San Antonio.
METC, as indicated in the feature, has five medical instructional facilities and six dormitories. Soldiers, sailors and airmen will be living in these dormitories and will be preparing for medical-military careers as surgical techs, x-ray techs and laboratory techs. They will be dining in a dining hall with an area of 80,000 square feet – the largest in the Army.
The purpose of METC is to collectively educate troop members, as opposed to leaving each branch to fend for itself in as far as preparation for medical careers within the military is concerned. The central idea is that such a set-up will be more efficient for the military.