School of Medicine | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

School of Medicine

Welcome to the School of Medicine! Before you read any further, a question: what is motivating your desire to be a doctor? Our passion, since our founding in 1969, has been improving health outcomes in the most unreached, underserved communities in West Texas and around the world. If you share that passion – if medicine is as much vocation as occupation for you – then you’ll find at the School of Medicine a curriculum and a community ready to make your life our purpose.

4000+Physicians graduated (and counting)

1stIn the nation to offer three-year Family Medicine Accelerated Track

20%Practicing physicians in West Texas are TTUHSC graduates

Programs at a Glance

The M.D. Program

As a TTUHSC medical student, you can pursue any discipline or specialty. Our four-year MD program devotes three years to a dynamic, foundational blend of basic science, research and interdisciplinary clinical practice, followed by a final year of clinical specialization. It’s a curriculum that’s both deep and wide.

The Family Medicine Accelerated Track

As part of our deep commitment to advancing primary care, we pioneered the nation’s first accelerated Family Medicine program, which remains one of our signature offerings. Students pursuing a career in Family Medicine can apply for this three-year program during their first year of medical school.

Dual Degree Programs

For students interested in interprofessional careers and leadership opportunities that extend beyond patient care, we offer a number of popular dual degree programs in partnership with other TTUHSC schools and with Texas Tech University.


Residency Programs

The goal of graduate medical education (residency training) is to become certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to practice in a medical/surgical specialty and fulfill requirements for full, unrestricted licensure in the state of Texas. The Texas Tech residency programs are developed in the context of the Physician General Competencies as expressed by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


Fellowship Programs

The Texas Tech GME Fellowship programs provide advanced education in a medical/surgical subspecialty to allow a fellow to acquire competency with sufficient expertise to act as an independent consultant in the focused field of study.  Texas Tech has both ACGME-accredited and Professional Organization approved programs leading to ABMS certification, added qualification, and advanced credentials.


Medical Student Summer Research Program


The School of Medicine offers a for-credit eight week summer research experience for first year medical students.  It comes with a stipend and one-on-one mentoring by a SOM faculty member.  You will experience the joys and struggles of one of many types of research at TTUHSC including clinical/translational research, case reports, chart reviews, pure discovery research, and/or literature reviews.  For more information, please contact Dr. Leslie Shen at or Jocelyn Rudder at



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Care in Practice

F. Marie Hall SimLife Center

TTUHSC offers several interprofessional, state-of-the-art simulation centers like the F. Marie Hall SimLife Center, which uses advanced technologies to simulate realistic health situations. We integrate simulation based learning across the curriculum.



The Free Clinic

Many School of Medicine faculty and students serve in The Free Clinic, an award-winning service clinic offered in partnership with Lubbock Impact, Inc. The Free Clinic delivers free diagnostic, treatment and pharmacy services for indigent, homeless and other underserved patients.



Global Health

Beyond just West Texas, TTUHSC faculty often lead interprofessional excursions to developing nations, giving medical students opportunities to care for some of the most underserved and marginalized people across the globe.



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Seeking Patient Care?

Texas Tech Physicians is the largest group practice in West Texas with more than 450 full-time clinical faculty who touch the lives of more than 224,000 patients each year. Learn more about Texas Tech Physicians or schedule a doctor’s appointment if you’re a patient.



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Empowering Women, Forging New Alliances

TTUHSC doesn't just teach — it questions and provokes. As part of this mission to challenge its community and inspire meaningful leadership, the School of Medicine is committed to creating a diverse and equal leadership team dedicated to empowering women, forging new alliances and moving the needle on workplace equality.

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3.6Average incoming GPA for medical students

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750Residents to every physician in West Texas, down from 1300 at our founding

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400+Full-time faculty


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Continuing Medical Education

The Office of Continuing Medical Education provides certification of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM for TTUHSC departmental grand rounds and special events, and conferences. Internet enduring materials for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM are produced and distributed through TTUHSC

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The Admissions Process

Interested in applying to one of our medical degree programs? Learn more about the admissions process, speak with a faculty member or visit one of our campuses.

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