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F-MAT Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is eligible for the F-MAT program?

A. The Texas Tech School of Medicine is currently recruiting for two F-MAT Classes-- the F-MAT Class of 2014 and the F-MAT Class of 2015. Students who have already been accepted and enrolled as first-year students in the Texas Tech School of Medicine are eligible to apply for F-MAT Class of 2014.  Students who are applying to begin their first-year of medical school in August 2012 may apply for the F-MAT Class of 2015.  A portion of the F-MAT Class of 2015 will be invited to join the program from the beginning of their time in medical school.  The remainder of the Class of 2015 will be selected during their first year of medical school.

Q. How many students will be accepted into F-MAT

A.  Current plans call for 10-12 students to be accepted into each class.  The reason for this small number (about 7% of the current class) is to ensure that each student receives close mentoring and support.  In addition, because these students will enter the Texas Tech Family Medicine residency programs in Amarillo, Lubbock, and the Permian Basin, it is necessary to restrict the F-MAT classes to about one-half of the size of each residency class (approximately 5 in Lubbock, 4 in Amarillo and 3 in the Permian Basin).

Q. What will be the criteria for acceptance into F-MAT?

A.  Students who are good candidates for F-MAT are those with a definite preference for a career in primary care and family medicine and who have performed academically in the top half of their class at the time of application.  Students should also be mature and have excellent study skills and preparation for a challenging year-round program.

Q. What are the application process and timeline for F-MAT?

A.  The online application for F-MAT is currently open and will be available through midnight on Sunday, January 8, 2012, for both the Class of 2014 and the Class of 2015.  Applicants are asked to answer the following questions:

  • What motivates you to participate in the F-MAT program?
  • What experience have you had that would prepare you for this intensive program?
  • What, in your opinion, distinguishes Family Medicine from other medical specialties?

For those applying for the Class of 2014, interviews with the F-MAT selection committee will be during the second week of January, with every effort made to extend program acceptance by February 1, 2012. 

Those applying for the Class of 2015 may indicate their interest on the TTUSOM secondary application.  For those invited to interview for medical school, an F-MAT interview will be arranged.

Q If I am accepted into F-MAT, when will I graduate from medical school?

A  Students selected for F-MAT will participate in commencement from medical school in May of their third year, although they will not complete all of their coursework requirements until the end of June.  F-MAT students will begin three years of residency training the following July.  For example, students selected for the F-MAT Class of 2014 will "walk" in graduation in May 2014, finish coursework in June 2014, begin residency training in July 2014, and complete residency training in June 2017.

Q  If I change my mind about a career in Family Medicine, or if I decide that I do not want to accelerate my medical training, can I opt-out of the program?

A  Yes, you may opt out of the F-MAT program during your MS2 or MS3 year and return to the regular 4-year curriculum.  If you do not choose to complete the program, the scholarship that you received during your MS2 year will revert to a loan and will be subject to repayment.

Q  What happens if I receive failing grades in F-MAT coursework or other courses and clerkships?

A  You will return to the regular 4-year curriculum and be expected to complete it with passing grades.

Q  What happens if I don’t pass Step 1?

A  You will return to the regular 4-year curriculum, and delay further training until you pass Step 1.

Q  Will I be expected to take Step 2?

A  You will be expected to take and pass Step 2CK prior to graduation, which is a Texas Tech School of Medicine requirement.  You will not need to pass Step 2 CS prior to graduation, but your residency program will require you to take and pass Step 2CS during your PGY1 year.

Q  Will I need to enter the National Resident Matching Program (NMRP, or “The Match”)?

A  Yes, you will still need to register with and participate in The Match, with the expectation that you will rank as your first choice the Family Medicine program where you complete the F-MAT3 course.

Q  Can I also complete the MD/MBA or MD/PhD program?

A  No, this intensive program will not allow time to complete joint degree programs.

Q  How will my residency training be different?

A  Your 3-year Family Medicine residency training will not differ from that of non F-MAT students.

Q  Will I be able to complete fellowship training following residency?

A  Yes, in fact, pursuing additional training in geriatrics, palliative care, women’s health, adolescent medicine or sports medicine may be especially appealing, since you will complete your training one year earlier than had you not completed the F-MAT program.

Q. When will campus assignments be made for the F-MAT3 and residency years?

A  Campus assignments will be made in February.  Students will have the opportunity to visit each campus, if they choose to do so (some travel funds are available) and to rank their campus preferences. Every effort will be made to link students with their campus preferences.

Please contact the following individuals for more information about the Family Medicine Accelerated Track:
Media Requests: Mary Croyle, TTUHSC Director of Communications and Marketing
School of Medicine Curriculum Information:  Simon Williams, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
School of Medicine Admissions:  Kimberli Peck, MD, Associate Dean for Admissions
Family Medicine Program Information: Ron Cook, DO., F-MAT Program Director; Mike Ragain, MD, Family Medicine Chair;
or Betsy Jones, EdD, F-MAT Program Evaluator