Rural Residency Program
The Family Medicine Rural Residency program based in Midland/Odessa is a groundbreaking opportunity for residents that will change the quality of life for rural communities across Texas. From prenatal to geriatric care, residents learn to practice full-spectrum care for communities that need it most.
Reaching Communities in New Ways
With a room within the clinic dedicated to telehealth visits and a block of exam rooms currently being converted into telehealth spaces, telemedicine is an essential part of clinical practice for residents within the Rural Residency track. Tele-links are provided at each of the six rural sites, allowing for advanced resident education, mentoring and direct consultation/supervision from TTUHSC faculty.
Training for Tomorrow
By using the advancement of telehealth to benefit communities in need, this program builds the future by keeping a focus on community-oriented health care. Training primary care providers who understand their patients in every stage of life, collaborating within the communities, and developing models of solving health care access for rural and remote areas. This program is currently evolving, taking steps toward telemedicine access in school nurse’s offices and telehealth clinics in partnership with rural community partners.
2 Years Rural Practice
First year of residency with core, then two years in rural practices
Six Rural Sites In Texas/New Mexico
Carlsbad, Hobbs, Ft Stockton, Alpine, Sweetwater, Pecos
Marathon, TX Clinic Operational
Telehealth clinic is now operational in Marathon, TX
FIT is a one-of-a-kind training program that trains medical staff and clinicians specific to telemedicine procedures, technology and business. Focused on competency-based learning, this program will set the standard for telemedicine training across the country. Coursework includes online training as well as hands-on, simulated learning and an objective-structured clinical examination at the FIT Lab in Lubbock, Texas.
51 providers were trained in the FIT lab in FY 2020-2021
Developed new curriculum for the High School Telemedicine Course/Telemedicine Tech Course
Converted in-person FIT Lab content to be available for online learning during COVID-19
Created the “Online Patient Encounter” module for students to experience a simulated telemedicine encounter in a real-world setting
Additional Focus is on training telemedicine technicians, an emerging and important position for future adoption of telemedicine in rural and remote communities.
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