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, as well as the 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 sixty percent of the residents' time (combined inpatient and outpatient experiences) is spent in Odessa and forty 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.
- Odessa Clinic is one of the locations for faculty and resident continuity of care. It has 22 exam rooms and a procedure room. Space is available for teaching and computers are available for use by residents. Residents see their Odessa patients at this location.
- Midland Clinic in the new Texas Tech Physicians building adjacent to MMH is the second location for faculty and resident continuity of care. Space is provided for resident teaching and computers are available for use by residents. Residents see their Midland patients at this location.
- Residents, typically upper level, 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.