4 YEARS FULL ACCREDITATION
We are proud to announce that we received our second consecutive 4 year full accreditation
from the ACGME in January 2010.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences
Center at Amarillo offers a four year obstetric and gynecology residency program,
which is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education
of the American Medical Association, and is approved for three residents at each level.
In the year 2012, the department celebrated its 32nd anniversary of residency training.
The residency program is designed to offer experience in the diverse areas of obstetrics
and gynecology and to prepare residents for a career in either private practice, fellowship
training in subspecialties, or in academic medicine. The clinical experience is gained
by exposure to approximately 2200 deliveries per year, an average of 750 major gynecologic
surgical procedures per year, and an outpatient service of greater than 24,000 patient
visits per year. The department is complimented by experienced faculty working within
our two primary teaching hospitals. Because of the geography of the area, the department
serves as a tertiary referral center for maternal-fetal medicine, gynecologic oncology,
and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Patients are referred to us from the
Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma, eastern New Mexico, southeastern Colorado, and southwestern
In 2000, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center established the Laura W. Bush
Women's Health Research Institute of Amarillo that is a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary
effort in women's health. Researchers collaborate with over twenty other universities
and research organizations around the country. Residents are expected to actively
participate in research, present papers at regional and national meetings, and encouraged
to publish in peer reviewed journals.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Amarillo is located within the Harrington
Regional Medical Center. This unique four hundred-acre campus includes our primary
teaching hospitals, Northwest Texas Healthcare System and Baptist St. Anthony's Healthcare System, and the Harrington Cancer Center. The Veterans' Hospital is located immediately
adjacent to the medical center. Our high risk obstetrical service at Northwest Texas
Healthcare System is serviced by helicopter transport units and a thirty bed Level
3 neonatal intensive care unit.
The department staffs outpatient facilities including the Texas Tech outpatient clinics,
Women's and Children's Health Center, and Haven Health Family Planning & Health Center.
Services available include obstetrical and gynecologic ultrasound, bone densitometry,
urodynamic testing, incontinence biofeedback, and the full range of general and subspecialty
The Don and Sybil Harrington Medical Library located at the Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center Building houses 35,000 volumes of medical literature. The departmental
library maintains selected periodicals, standard monographs, textbooks, and a wide
array of computerized learning materials. Residents and faculty have 24-hour access
to an extensive collection of Internet journals, textbooks, monographs, and other
Our department is growing and dynamic. A specific strategic planning process is in
place for all aspects of the department. The facilities, personnel, patient volume,
research effort, and institutional vision offer a maximal experience in patient care,
education, and research.
The mission of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is to improve the
health of people by providing educational opportunities for students and health care
professionals, advancing knowledge through scholarship and research, and providing
patient care and service.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center will be recognized nationally as a top-ranked
health sciences university.
Integrity, approach our work with competence, character, and perseverance
Trust, providing respect, empowerment, open communications and loyalty within the work environment
Personal responsibility, to care for all stakeholders and honor commitments as representatives of Texas Tech
University Health Sciences Center
Collaboration , working as a team to share resources, risk, responsibility, and recognition
Stewardship , delegating responsibilities and being accountable as individuals and to the community
The residency training program utilizes the educational objectives recommended by
the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology. These objectives are
specifically outlined in the publication CORE CURRICULUM IN OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY
that is given to all residents at the beginning of training. Residents are reminded
and encouraged to master the objectives that are specific to their current work and
are expected to have met all of the educational objectives upon completion of the
program. The department residency manual is updated yearly.
The department has identified the following general educational objectives:
- To educate resident physicians in the health care of women
- To develop a lifelong commitment to continuing education
- To familiarize resident physicians with research methods, literature interpretation,
and inspire acquisition of new knowledge through research
- To provide a wide range of inpatient and outpatient experiences and educational objectives
as is suggested in the CORE CURRICULUM IN OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY
- To provide, with direct supervision of faculty, an environment of progressive clinical
responsibility so that at the program's conclusion, a resident will be competent by
virtue of technical skills, didactic knowledge, and clinical judgement to be a consultant
in our specialty
- To motivate residents to acquire the technical skills and knowledge base to become
certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- To prepare residents to proceed into subspecialty fellowships, academic medicine,
or the private practice of obstetrics and gynecology
The Program Director is appointed by the Regional Chair of the department. The Program
Director's tenure is indefinite with an annual reappointment. The Program Director
has the authority to oversee and organize the activities of the educational program
including resident appointments and assignments. The Program Director is also responsible
for the supervision, direction, and administration of the educational activities as
well as evaluation of the residents. Dr. Teresa Baker has been our program director
since 2009, having previously served as an assistant program director.
The Regional Chair is appointed by the Dean of the School of Medicine upon recommendation
by the Regional Dean, with approval of the President of the Health Sciences Center,
the Chancellor, and the Board of Regents. The term of appointment is indefinite, with
an annual contract renewal. Dr. Robert Kauffman became interim chair in 2008 and permanent
chair in early 2009.
The full time and part time faculty are appointed similarly upon the recommendation
of the Regional Chair. Their appointments are also indefinite with an annual contract
Volunteer appointments are for one year and are appointed by the Regional Chair.
All full time, part time, and volunteer faculty appointments must be approved by the
Faculty Appointment Committee. This committee is composed of at least one faculty
member from each academic department. The committee reviews the appointments of all
full time , part time, and clinical faculty. Faculty candidates present a complete
file containing a curriculum vitae, a letter from the Regional Chair to the Dean recommending
the candidate, and three letters of recommendation.
Faculty are present 24 hours per day for hospital service and resident supervision.
All residents serve on night float rotation for approximately two months per year.
The night float residents are relieved on week-ends by residents serving 12 hour shifts.
The night float system guarantees compliance with the ACGME-mandated 80-hour work
Third year clerkship medical students, fourth year elective medical students, and
family medicine residents supplement the call coverage team.
The night float systems allows for sufficient coverage to account for vacation, sick
leave, and educational absences of residents and allows residents to have a very reasonable
work hour week with a minimum of one full day off each week. We follow ACGME duty-hour
Call responsibilities involve coverage of labor and delivery, emergency room calls,
and coverage of all hospitalized patients including subspecialty patients.
Northwest Texas Healthcare System is committed to and supports graduate medical education.
This hospital is a tertiary care facility which provides care for patients in the
upper 27 counties of the Texas Panhandle, the Oklahoma Panhandle, western Oklahoma,
eastern New Mexico, and southern Kansas. Northwest Texas Hospital serves as a high
risk referral center for this vast region and provides helicopter transport and a
state of the art neonatal intensive care service. The affiliation agreement between
Texas Tech University and Northwest Texas Healthcare System provides a partnership
in the development of high standards in medical care through education, service, and
research. Northwest Texas Health Care System also serves as a sponsoring member of
our Women's Health Research Institute. Graduate medical education funding and faculty
support are provide through Northwest Texas.
Baptist St. Anthony's Healthcare System is a private non-profit institution that supports
our private gynecologic surgery experience and gynecologic oncology service. Our family
medicine program uses this hospital as its primary teaching facility, and our department
serves that department in a consultant capacity.
Also, Harrington Cancer Center offers care and assistance to our OB/GYN program.
Our department provides the medical directorship and support for the Haven Health
Family Planning & Healthcare Center. Preconceptional counseling, family planning,
menopausal services, and other gynecologic consultative care are provided by residents
at this facility.
For all benefits and conditions of employment including information concerning leaves
of absences and medical malpractice insurance, please visit www.remedy.ttuhsc.edu/GME/ .
Clinical Rotation schedule
PGY 1 $48,281.32
PGY 2 $49,856.87
PGY 3 $51,431.26
PGY 4 $53,004.49
MAJOR MEDICAL EXPENSE INSURANCE
Coverage for allowed medical expenses incurred, including professional fees.
$25 Office Visit Copay and 90% Coinsurance
Dependent coverage available
LONG TERM DISABILITY
Helps replace lost earnings in the event of an accident or illness.
$1,500 monthly benefits, 30-day waiting period.
TERM LIFE INSURANCE
A vital segment of any financial protection plan:
$100,000 benefits on resident
$10,000 benefits on spouse (optional)
$5,000 benefits per child (optional)
Allows you to attain and maintain good dental health.
$50.00 deductible Dependent coverage available.
Your membership dues to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
will be paid by the Department. Participation in this organization is required.
Book stipend - $500
PAID VACATION TIME
PGY-I and PGY-II residents receive 15 days paid vacation;
PGY-III and PGY IV residents receive 20 days.
The time off must be approved in advance by the Program Director and Chief Resident.
Sleep Alertness and Fatigue Education in Residency
Sample Monthly Education Schedule
LIVING IN AMARILLO
Amarillo sits at the crossroads of America, almost equidistant from both coasts. Air
travelers reach the city through connecting flights from major air terminals in the
central U.S. Amarillo and the surrounding Panhandle area are a unique blend of two
American eras. There are the working ranches, essentially unchanged in the day-to-day
operations from the late nineteenth century, and there is a vibrant twenty-first century
economy, providing leadership for the modern west.
From outdoor activities to western heritage to a flourishing arts scene, who knew
there was so much to do in Amarillo? Take a look at the many great attractions Amarillo
has to offer.
Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council
Amarillo Botanical Gardens
Amarillo Bulls Hockey
Amarillo Little Theatre
Amarillo Museum of Art
Amarillo Sox Baseball
Amarillo Venom LSFL Football
American Quarterhorse Association - Hall of Fame and Museum
Don Harrington Discovery Center
Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts
Kwahadi Indian Dancers and Museum
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Panhandle Plains Historical Museum
West Texas A and M University