Internal Medicine Residency Program
About our Program
The Internal Medicine Residency Program is a fully accredited three-year residency. It is designed to provide practical and didactic education in the broad field of internal medicine. Board-certified subspecialty faculty teach all of the major internal medicine specialties. Electives are available in all of the subspecialties of medicine as well as Dermatology, Neurology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Otorhinolaryngology, Orthopedics and Anesthesiology. Each resident has the opportunity to become proficient in all procedures common to the internist.
Note: Dr. William R. Davis recently retired in January 2021. Our current Program Director is Dr. Sarah Kiani..
Created and moderated by our very own Dr. Joshua Ronen, Class of 2021.
The Texas Tech University Health Science Center at Permian Basin has a medical library that is accessible seven days per week. The library has a wide range of reference books and journals as well as educational audio-visual resources. The library references can be accessed after hours via computer and modem. MEDLINE searches are available; other computerized literature searches are also available. An interlibrary loan system is available with most requests being received within 72 hours. MORE
Delineation of Responsibility
The first year is designed to provide comprehensive experience in general internal medicine. Upper level residents and attending faculty supervise PGY1 residents. On general internal medicine services, the PGY1 resident has primary responsibility for patients. The PGY1 schedule includes 15 days of vacation per year.
The second year is designed to provide the resident with increasing responsibility, which includes leading the health care team, supervising the inpatient care of acutely and chronically ill patients, and making decisions regarding a patient's need for hospitalization. The PGY2 resident has a primary teaching role for the first year residents. The PGY2 schedule includes 15 days of vacation per year
The third year resident is given maximum house staff responsibility in the care of general medicine and subspecialty patients. The year is designed to increase the resident's total patient management skills. The resident serves as a consultant and primary teaching resident for assigned junior residents. The resident serves as a general medical consultant for other services. The PGY3 schedule includes 20 days of vacation per year.
Didactic lectures are given daily at noon. Lectures cover all areas of medicine including Cardiology, Pulmonary, Endocrinology/ Metabolism, Gastroenterology, Rheumatology, Neurology, Infectious Diseases, Oncology/ Hematology, and Geriatrics. Additional lectures are given in Critical Care Medicine, Radiology, Psychiatry, Epidemiology, Statistics, and Legal Issues in Medicine, Medial Ethics, and Use of Computers in Medicine, Practice Management, and Proper Coding for Insurance Purposes. Lectures in the surgical specialties include Ophthalmology, Gynecology, Orthopedics, Urology, and Otorhinolaryngology. Lectures related to the treatment of acute medical problems (acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, respiratory failure, acute renal failure, diabetic ketoacidosis, etc.) are repeated on an annual basis. Internal Medicine Grand Rounds are broadcast by interactive video ("Tech Link") from Lubbock on a weekly basis. The residents and other attending faculty evaluate each lecture as to content, relevance, and presentation. Residents are required to attend no less than sixty percent (60%) of the didactic lectures.
Morning Report is held daily on each service with attending faculty members followed by teaching and management rounds.