Academic Telehealth | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
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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

Provider on telehealth visit, academic training with patient


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. 





Frontiers in telehealth LOGO



  • 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.  
Providers Trained Last Year
Real-World “Online Patient Encounter” module created
Trained in Emergency Medicine Since 2016



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