What happens to a medical school when a massive hurricane dumps 6 feet of water into ground floor classrooms just 3 weeks after the start of school? If it's Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, it gets out of town and sets up shop in Houston.
But just when classes were about to restart after Hurricane Katrina's unruly visit, Hurricane Rita began bearing down on Tulane's new home away from home, notes Ian Taylor, the school's dean. Luckily, Rita left Houston little damaged, so Tulane's 620 students finally resumed their studies on Oct. 3.
This fall, the students will attend courses taught by Tulane faculty in classrooms being lent to the school by four Houston medical schools that have come to be known collectively as the Alliance of South Texas Health Science. The alliance coalesced within 10 days after Katrina's landfall specifically to offer the Tulane students and faculty a place to continue their work.