Family & Community Medicine
The Department of Family Medicine only accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service ( ERAS). Information about the service may be obtained from your Dean's Office or from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). International medical graduates may obtain information about ERAS through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). All applicants must be eligible for licensure in the state of Texas. Licensure requirements may be found by visiting the Texas Medical Board. International medical graduates must have a current certification through ECFMG.
Applicants should submit their ERAS application, medical school transcripts, USMLE test results, (with number of attempts), Dean's letter, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. Curriculum vitae and letters of recommendation should fully account for the time since medical school graduation.
Listed below are the prerequisites for our Family Medicine Program:
Prerequisites (We accept applications through ERAS only).
• Be eligible for a Physician-in-training permit to practice medicine (check Texas Medical Board for requirements).
• Have competitive USMLE/Complex Board Scores - no cut off scores.
• Be a graduate from an LCME accredited medical school and hold a valid ECFMG certificate.
• Completed USMLE/Complex steps 1 and 2 and CS.
USMLE/Complex exams must have a passing score within 3 attempts and all exams must be completed within 7 years.
• The institution accepts J-1 Visas, renewable EAD (employment authorization document) and a Permanent
Resident Card. It does not accept H1-B Visas
• Graduation date within 10 years is preferred, but not limited to, we have had residents in the past and currently that have exceeded the 10 years.
• US clinical experience is preferred, but not limited to.
• We do not offer observerships.
Application deadline for each academic year is December 31 of current year. Applications will not be accepted after this date.
Resident Selection Process
The Department of Family Medicine has established a resident recruitment committee, which consists of the Family Medicine Residency Program Director, Residency Coordinator to assist with the initial screening of resident applicants for interview through National Residency Matching Program.
Candidates will be given a tour of Medical Center Hospital and the Family Medicine Clinic, lunch arrangements made with family medicine residents, and interviews will be scheduled with resident doctors and faculty. A standardized evaluation is submitted to the resident recruitment committee by each faculty and resident member you meet with during your interview date. We will only interview up to 60 candidates for 6 positions. Arrangements for a one night hotel stay the night before your interview will be made for you. A $250.00 reimbursement minus the hotel cost will be given to the 60 candidates selected.
Rank Order Process
Evaluation scores are tallied and reviewed by the residency recruitment committee. The committee meets one week prior to the deadline for submission of a rank order list to the National Resident Matching Program. Applicants are ranked through the combined input of committee members.
Resident Program Contacts
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Department of Family and Community Medicine
701 West 5th Street
Odessa, TX 79763
Timothy Benton, M.D.
Residency Unit Coordinator