Integrative and Behavioral Medicine Fellowship

No longer accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Message from the Director

Victor Sierpina, MD

Thank you for your interest in the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) Integrative and Behavioral Medicine Fellowship!

We believe that Integrative Medicine and Behavioral Medicine pair synergistically in fostering wellness and delivering a patient-centered integrative approach to care. The overarching goal of our fellowship is to produce physicians who are knowledgeable of the bio-psycho-social dynamics that affect wellness, have skills to elucidate patient's values, desires, and health goals, and are equipped to approach patient care from a holistic and patient-centered perspective. They will learn to utilize integrative and behavioral modalities to serve as healers and advisers to patients and to become leaders in their community and within the medical profession.

Program Highlights

  • 13-block (1 year) curriculum
  • Develop personalized plan of study
  • Varied learning opportunities, including didactics, readings, online modules, one-on-one sessions with faculty, teaching residents and students
  • Funded travel to outside conferences, CME, and academic meetings
  • Practice in one of three ambulatory clinics offering patients a full array of services
  • Integrated medical care teams, including faculty, fellows, residents, advanced practice clinicians, and nurses
  • Integrated EpicCare™ EMR
  • Classification as PGY-4 (see UTMB GME for salary and benefits including free medical coverage for fellow and family)

The UTMB Health System also includes Jennie Sealy Hospital, opened in April 2016, as well as John Sealy Hospital, John Sealy Annex, Children's Hospital, Texas Department of Criminal Justice Hospital, and the Shriner's Hospital for Children. The University of Texas Medical Branch is a member of the 49-institution Texas Medical Center.

Our Recent Fellow

Samuel Mathis, MD Samuel E. Mathis, MD was the 2017-2018 Integrative and Behavioral Medicine Fellow. Dr. Mathis earned a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He completed his family medicine residency training at the Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program in Sugarland, Texas, and is board certified in family medicine.

In addition to his general interest in integrative and behavioral medicine, Dr. Mathis is particularly interested in the use of acupuncture and other integrative and alternative therapies for the treatment of osteoarthritis.

Mentoring Team

Our program has several faculty with areas of expertise related to Integrative Medicine including, but not limited to, women’s health, integrative oncology, bio-behavioral medicine, geriatrics, nutrition, botanicals and acupuncture.

We also have behavioral medicine faculty and clinical staff with with specialized skills for applying the principles and practice of Behavioral Medicine in the setting of Primary Care.


Eligible candidates will have:

  • Completed a primary care residency training program
  • Have a full unrestricted medical license to practice in Texas
  • Be certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine OR
  • Anticipate earning certification by the completion of the fellowship
  • Demonstrate a long-term interest in the study and practice of both Integrative Medicine and Behavioral Medicine through prior training, practice, and clinically relevant experiences

How to Apply

Applications must include a curriculum vitae and a personal statement describing the applicant's interest in integrative and behavioral medicine, goals, and projected practice type.

Fellowship Application Form

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019-2020 year.  If you would like to be considered for 2020-2021, we encourage you to reach out to  Thanks!


The University of Texas Medical Branch
Department of Family Medicine
Unversity of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1123
Victor Sierpina, MD

Victor Sierpina, MD
Director, Integrative and Behavioral Medicine Fellowship

(409) 772-3126

Shannon Samuelson

Shannon Samuelson
Fellowship Coordinator

(409) 772-3120

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