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2016 Family Medicine Group


The family medicine residency program in Amarillo began in 1972 as one of the first residency programs at Texas Tech University Health Science Center(TTUHSC). We offer the benefits of an academic center as a university administered program, balanced with the warmth and hospitality of a community-based residency.TTUHSC offers great resources, technologies and research opportunities, as well as training opportunities with clinical faculty in different subspecialties. The Amarillo health care community services neighboring parts of four states and the Texas Panhandle.

As an unopposed residency based at Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospital, you will have access to a large, varied patient base representing the full spectrum of age, culture and illness without competition from other residencies.

PGY 1 

Your PGY I year of training begins with 4 weeks of orientation in our Family Medicine department, then your training is concentrated in core areas of inpatient care with seven months of rotations housed in other academic departments at Texas Tech.  This offers residents the firsthand training perspective of residents in other disciplines, since their responsibilities are the same as their first year resident peers in the respective departments.  The remaining five months are spent at Baptist St. Anthony (BSA) Health System, our primary teaching hospital, honing inpatient and ER skills and acclimating to our community hospital environment. 


Your PGY II year of training offers extensive inpatient and outpatient care that includes working with a variety of community physicians.  You will also be exposed to the ICU world and critical care.


The third year resident has 16 weeks of Electives along with inpatient, outpatient and practice management opportunities.  Your third year completes your preparation to be an independently practicing physician after residency.

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Our residents follow continuity obstetrical patients through their prenatal care, delivery at Northwest Texas Hospital (NWTH), and post-partum care.  We also partner with a community organization for prenatal services to low-income women who we deliver at NWTH.  This partnership helps us provide additional obstetrical experience for those residents most interested in maternity care. 

One afternoon each week is dedicated to an organized yearlong curriculum of Core Topics, Morbidity and Mortality, Journal Club and Board Review sessions.  We also offer a procedure clinic one morning per week that is staffed by residents and faculty for performing outpatient procedures common to Family Medicine.


Residency training in family medicine can be a daunting process given the depth and breadth of our specialty.  We understand this and respect the varied practice goals that each of our residents brings to the program.  Our department is committed to helping residents set and meet their individual goals as well as meeting all the required program goals and objectives.

The faculty in Family Medicine has dedicated themselves to teaching and nurturing residents into well-rounded family medicine physicians.  We offer a strong, challenging and flexible program with progressive responsibility in a warm and welcoming environment.  These features of the Texas Tech University Family Medicine residency in Amarillo make it an optimal experience.  We invite you to contact our department at 806-414-9493 or email at


Rotation sequence varies, but all first year residents complete the same 13 block 28 day rotations.


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Your membership dues for the following organizations will be paid by the Department. Participation in these organizations is strongly encouraged, but not required.

American Academy of Family Physicians and the Texas Academy of Family Physicians.


PGY-I & PGY-II residents receive (fifteen) 15 days paid vacation: PGY - III residents receive (twenty) 20 days paid vacation. The time off must be approved by the Program Director and coordinated with your current service.


PGY-I residents are allotted $500 for books and membership dues; book selections must be approved by the Program Director. PGY-II residents are allotted $500 for CME; PGY-III's $750. The department will arrange for interested PGY-III residents to take a board review course prior to graduation in lieu of other CME during the third year. (Mandatory for residents scoring < 50th percentile for PGY-III’s on their final in training exam) CME time is to be approved by the Program Director and coordinated with the affected service. All residents have the opportunity to take 5 days of CME courses, must be approved by Program Director.


Moonlighting opportunities are available in the Amarillo area to PGY-II and PGY-III residents; professional liability insurance coverage not provided by TTUHSC. Participation must be approved by the Program Director.

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