Family & Community Medicine
Residency Program Information
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. 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 Medical Center Hospital. Medical Center Hospital is a state-of-the-art, 363-bed facility that was recently listed in Modern Healthcare's Top 100 Teaching Hospitals in America.
Our residency program is one of 34 residency programs in the U.S. to offer a 1:2 or 1:2 like Rural Training Track. The two residents selected for our rural track train Alpine and Fort Stockton. These residents will attend the first year of residency with the core program and subsequent two years in rural practices outside of Odessa.
Our faculty consists of eight physicians and a psychologist, each with diverse backgrounds and teaching interests. Four of our faculty are board-certified geriatricians. Together, they head our Geriatric fellowship within the
Department of Family and Community Medicine with two fellowship positions available for a family medicine or internal medicine graduate. In addition to our Geriatric Fellowship, we have collaborated with (MCH) Procare to offer a one year Hospitalist Fellowship with 2 positions for either a family medicine or internal medicine graduate. Dr. Arun Mathews serves as the Fellowship Program Director. Our family medicine program accepts ten residents annually. The faculty and staff do everything possible to make our residents feel welcome. Each year, new residents are greeted into the department with a family picnic at a Midland Rockhounds minor league baseball game. In the fall, our first year residents, along with the chief residents and faculty attend a weekend 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 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 and the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center. 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 with 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!