Welcome to Internal Medicine
The Department of Internal Medicine at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
at the Permian Basin (Midland / Odessa) is dedicated to patient care, teaching at
the resident and medical student levels, and research. It is a strong and growing
department with a close faculty-resident/student interrelationship and a strong foundation
in general internal medicine plus related subspecialties.
Established in the mid-1970's as a regional campus of the flagship Texas Tech in Lubbock,
with a goal of training physicians for the underserved West Texas region, TTUHSC -
Permian Basin continues now in its day-to-day life under the leadership of the Regional
Dean and the Regional Department Chairs of Internal Medicine, Surgery, OB-GYN, Pediatrics,
Family Medicine, and Psychiatry. And while many graduates have remained in the area,
many others have gone on to fellowships and practices elsewhere in the state and nation.
Our fully accredited Internal Medicine program strikes a good balance between clinical
and didactic teaching, individual clinical experience and supervision, and public
and private institutions, with patients across the entire socioeconomic spectrum.
We see the health problems typical of various groups, the common and the uncommon,
the general and the subspecialty-oriented, the inpatient and the outpatient. Teaching
hospitals and Texas Tech Internal Medicine clinics are utilized in both Odessa and
Midland. Fellowships in Endocrinology, Geriatric Medicine and Hospitalist Medicine
are also available.
Medical students enhance the academic atmoshphere, during their Year 3 on the IM clerkship
and in the 4th year on various electives and a sub-internship. In this interrelationship we
desire residents to be teachers as well as learners.
Adding to this is a renewed emphasis on research, including most prominently the Texas
Tech Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health, and initiatives in diabetes, critical
care medicine and cardiovascular disease. All these facets are aided by a supportive
Life outside of medicine is good in the Permian Basin. Odessa and Midland, about
20 miles apart, each with a population of 100,000, offer the amenities of a city,
but without the traffic and crime problems of a major metropolitan area, as well as
good schools, an underrated pleasant climate, and a generally supportive atmosphere.
Please see our Residency Information section for further details and come see us to
get a first hand look at the TTUHSC - Permian Basin Department of Internal Medicine.
We believe you will gain a positive impression.