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 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, plus a one-month rotation at the nearby Big Spring VA Medical Center. Our efforts were confirmed in March 2007, with continued full accreditation of our program by the Residency Review Committee of the ACGME for the maximum possible 5 years. A Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine is also available.
Adding to this is a renewed emphasis on research, including most prominently the new Texas Tech Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health, and initiatives in diabetes and cardiovascular disease. All these facets are aided by a supportive full-service library.
Another important date was July 2009, at which time our campus received an increase in number of Texas Tech medical students for their clinical years 3 and 4, enhancing the academic atmosphere.
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.