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The Department of Internal Medicine Categorical Internal Medicine Program (in conjunction with Medical Center Hospital of Odessa and Midland Memorial Hospital) provides each Resident the intellectual environment, formal instruction, peer interaction, and broad clinical experience to acquire the skills, knowledge, and attitudes essential to excel in the practice of general internal medicine, or if desired, to pursue subspecialty training.

Medical Center Hospital (MCH)

Medical Center Hospital located in Odessa, Texas is a 396 bed Joint Commission accredited acute care facility.  The campus has an active Emergency Room with 50,000+ patient visits per year and busy Intensive Care and Coronary Care Units. A Simulation Center and Dedicated Educational Unit have been established on the 7th floor to serveTexas Tech physicians, students and patients.  MCH is a is a leader in diabetes care, cardiovascular services and interventional radiology.  MCH also offers CareStar, the exclusive air ambulance service of the Permian Basin.  Specialty areas within the hospital include the MCH Center for Heart Disease, MCH Diabetes Center, and the MCH Ann Roden Deaderick Cardiac and Pulmonary Center.

Midland Memorial Hospital (MMH)

Midland Memorial Hospital located in Midland, Texas is a 272 bed Joint Commission accredited acute care facility, essentially new as of December 2012 with the opening of its new patient care Tower.  The campus also features the Allison Cancer Center, the MMH Heart Institute and inpatient Hospice.  The Emergency Room receives 35,000+ patients per year.  The Intensive Care and Coronary Care Units are also active.

Support services such as Dietary, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Wound Care, Ostomy Care, and Social Service are readily available at both hospitals.

Approximately seventy percent of the residents' time (combined inpatient and outpatient experiences) is spent in Odessa and thirty percent in Midland.  The distance between the cities and hospitals is approximately twenty miles (20 - 30 minute drive).  Physicians based at Medical Center Hospital, Midland Memorial Hospital, as well as full-time faculty, supervise elective rotations in internal medicine subspecialties as well as non-medical specialties. Under special circumstances, with approval from the Program Director and the Graduate Medical Education Committee, elective rotations may be taken at other academic institutions.

Big Spring VA

The Big Spring VA Medical Center, 40 miles east of Midland, formerly an inpatient hospital, but now an extensive outpatient and intermediate care facility, hosts a required 4-week Geriatric block and a variety of clinic/teaching experiences (including Musculoskeletal, Radiology, Psychiatry, Pre-op, and Nutrition).

Ambulatory Clinics:

Each resident is assigned to one of our 3 continuity clinics sites:

  • the Texas Tech Physicians Odessa clinic, primarily serving the population of Odessa and follow-up of MCH patients.
  • the Texas Tech Physicians Midland clinic, primarily serving the population of Midland and follow-up of MMH patients.
  • the VA-Faudree clinic (added in 2016), serving the region's veterans.

Texas Tech Physicians clinics utilize the Cerner EMR.

Residents, typically upper level, may also have ambulatory rotations in clinical faculty members' private offices, with one-on-one supervision.  An additional purpose of these sites is to provide the resident with a better understanding of practice management and billing and coding.

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