Integrative and Behavioral Medicine Fellowship

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017-2018 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 Current Fellow

Robert Slater, III, MDRobert T. Slater, III, MD, MPH is the 2016-2017 Integrative and Behavioral Medicine Fellow. Dr. Slater earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health San Antonio Regional Campus, and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed his family medicine residency at the Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program in Sugarland, Texas, and is board certified in family medicine.

In addition to his interest in integrative and behavioral medicine, Dr. Slater is interested in public health, global health, and health disparities.

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

Applications for fellows starting in July 2017 must be submitted by January 1, 2017.


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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