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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 Kansas.

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 care.

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 learning resources.

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.

Mission Statement

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. 

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Vision

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center will be recognized nationally as a top-ranked health sciences university.

Values

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

Educational Objectives

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:

  1. To educate resident physicians in the health care of women
  2. To develop a lifelong commitment to continuing education
  3. To familiarize resident physicians with research methods, literature interpretation, and inspire acquisition of new knowledge through research
  4. To provide a wide range of inpatient and outpatient experiences and educational objectives as is suggested in the CORE CURRICULUM IN OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY
  5. 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
  6. To motivate residents to acquire the technical skills and knowledge base to become certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  7. To prepare residents to proceed into subspecialty fellowships, academic medicine, or the private practice of obstetrics and gynecology

Program Director

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.

Faculty Appointment

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 renewal.

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.

Call Schedule

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 week.

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 guidelines.

Call responsibilities involve coverage of labor and delivery, emergency room calls, and coverage of all hospitalized patients including subspecialty patients.

Participating Institutions

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.

BENEFITS

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 

schedule

INSTITUTIONAL BENEFITS                                                                      

SALARIES   (2013-14)

PGY 1 46,875

PGY 2 48,404

PGY 3 49,933

PGY 4 – 51,460

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)

DENTAL INSURANCE

Allows you to attain and maintain good dental health.

$50.00 deductible Dependent coverage available.

DEPARTMENTAL BENEFITS

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

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.

TRAINING

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 College

Amarillo Little Theatre

Amarillo Museum of Art

Amarillo Opera

Amarillo Sox Baseball

Amarillo Symphony

Amarillo Venom LSFL Football

American Quarterhorse Association - Hall of Fame and Museum

Cadillac Ranch

Don Harrington Discovery Center

Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts

Kwahadi Indian Dancers and Museum

Lonestar Ballet

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Panhandle Plains Historical Museum

West Texas A and M University

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