Family Medicine Residency Program | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
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Imagine a residency program that not only teaches patient-centered health care but does it in a fun and relaxed environment. Here at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of the Permian Basin, we practice what we teach. Our program strives for excellence in training our residents to become devoted and compassionate physicians.

We are a university-administered, community-based residency program offering 23 residency positions per year. Our faculty consists of 15 physicians, a psychologist, and a podiatrist, each with diverse backgrounds and teaching interests. With the support of over 30 enthusiastic community physicians, our residents learn from a broad array of specialties including orthopedics, ophthalmology, neurology, radiology, and wound care, just to name a few. In addition, residents also receive excellent hands on experience while performing inpatient care at our participating hospitals, Medical Center Hospital and Midland Memorial Hospital.

We are also very proud to to be one of 34 residency programs in the U.S. to offer a 1:2 or 1:2 like Rural Training Track. The five residents selected for our rural track train in the rural Texas communities located in Alpine, Carlsbad, Fort Stockton, Hobbs, Pecos and Sweetwater. These residents will attend the first year of residency with the core program and subsequent two years in rural practices outside of Odessa/Midland.

Our faculty and staff do everything possible to make our residents feel welcome. Each year, new residents are greeted into the department with a welcoming event to give all residents, faculty and staff the opportunity to connect and is a great team experience for all. In the fall, our first year residents, along with the chief residents and faculty participate in a retreat to encourage team-building and camaraderie. When our residents are not at work, they take advantage of all the activities the Permian Basin has to offer. If your interest lies in sports, we are home to the Midland Rockhounds minor league baseball team, Odessa Jackalopes semi-pro hockey team, West Texas Wildcatters arena football team, Permian Basin Sandhills Rodeo, West Texas Relays, and of course Friday Night Lights high school and college football. If its arts and history that interest you, Odessa/Midland houses the Commemorative Air Force Museum, Ellen Noel Art Museum, Globe Theater, Midland-Odessa Symphony Chorale, Permian Playhouse, Petroleum Museum, Presidential Museum, Summer Mummers, the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center and the Midland Horseshoe Arena. If you are more of a shopper, Odessa/Midland has over 225 stores including two great shopping malls and multiple  shopping centers with a wide range of department stores and restaurants. For more information on these, and other exciting activities in the Permian Basin, please visit the city of Odessa and Midland.

Working in a predominantly undeserved area, we encourage our residents to plant their roots in West-Texas. A great number of our graduates have opened their own practices in the Permian Basin. Others have continued their education through on of our 4 fellowships. Some have even become teaching faculty with Texas Tech. If you enjoy a friendly teaching environment in a community with all the amenities of a big city but the hospitality of a small town, then Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at the Permian Basin is the place for you!


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Cynthia Mehlhoff

Neeley Taylor