Texas Residency Program Unexpectedly Announces Closure

The CHRISTUS Health-Texas A&M Spohn Emergency Medicine Residency Program announced Friday that its program will close in June 2026 after the current emergency medicine residents complete their training.

An official reason for the closure was not immediately available from the hospital administration, but residents there said they were told the surprise move was likely because of financial reasons.

“We want important community leaders to be aware that we are highly concerned about this announcement and the dire impacts that this could have on our community and our patients,” said on a post by Texas A&M/Spohn EM on X. “We feel that this decision was made without adequate assessment of the negative impacts this WILL have on our patients. Our residents are currently the primary staff members in our Shoreline emergency department, had of the medical ICU, and the entire Trauma ICU. We fear that this decision will negatively impact patient safety and quality of care.”

In a statement issued Friday afternoon on the chapter’s ACEP engaged community, Beth Brooks, CAE, executive director of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians, said, “We will do our best to support the residents and staff and want everyone affected to know that TCEP is here for emergency physicians.”

Located in coastal Corpus Christi, Texas, the CHRISTUS Health-Texas A&M Spohn Emergency Medicine Residency Program began in July 2007. It is an ACGME accredited PGY-1 to PGY-3 program with 12 residents in each post-graduate class, according to its website. 

The graduate medical education programs at the CHRISTUS Health -Texas A&M Spohn include only emergency medicine and family medicine. It was not clear Friday if the family medicine residency program would continue.  

This story continues to develop. Watch the ACEP Now website for more information as it becomes available.