The Pediatric Residency Program at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center is a tight-knit community with a big mission.
There are six pediatric residents per year of training. Texas Tech serves the Texas Panhandle. The land area is 25,824 square miles with a population of nearly 500,000. Residents are presented with patient encounters on a primary care basis rather than seeing tertiary cases with pre-existing diagnoses. The residents have a close direct relationship with faculty.
There are more than 30 faculty who oversee the training of our residents in areas of patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonalskills/communication, professionalism, practice based learning and systems based practice. The education is led by Shannon Herrick, MD, Program Director, Johnnie Faircloth, MD, Associate Program Director, with Rachel Anderson, MD and Swetha Kandula, MD as PL3 Co-Chief Residents. This team is a strong advocate for the resident well-being and resident experience. One focus is to create a team of residents who function at a very high level. TTUHSC Amarillo is the recipient of a grant award: the Affordable Care Act: Primary Care Residency Expansion. This grant is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
TTUHSC Amarillo increased to a total of 6 residents per year starting July, 2011. One resident per year will be selected who expresses an interest in rural health and will have all travel and lodging expenses covered and receive an additional $15,000 per year for 2 years ($30,000) for repayment of student loans. The resident will spend 2 months per year in a rural pediatric clinic for a total of 6 months of the 3 years training. We have seven former residents who are now on the faculty roster including Shannon Herrick, MD, Tetyana Vasylyeva, MD, Srilatha Alapati, MD, Amanda Griffin, MD, Johnnie Faircloth, MD, Andrew Relph, MD, and Souzan Siddig, MD.