About Our Program

UTMB Old Red - Ashbel Smith BuildingThe University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) Family Medicine Residency Program was one of the first family medicine residency programs in the State of Texas, and has trained more than 340 physicians since accepting its first residents in 1971. Since 1971, our mission has been to educate physicians to the highest standards of medical practice, to provide the best possible care to our patients, and to expand the body of medical knowledge within family medicine through systematic observation and clinical research.

Our program is structured as a 10-10-10 program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) with a total of 30 residents training annually.

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Medical Curriculum

The curriculum of the UTMB Health Family Medicine Residency Program is shaped by several sources, including requirements of the ACGME, the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), and the program review committee utilizing information gained though the evaluation process. Our curriculum is primarily broken up into four-week blocks, with elective opportunities increasing as the resident progresses through his or her training. READ MORE....

Didactic Lectures and Conferences

Our didactic learning component is an 18-month curriculum, which ensure that every resident is exposed to it during their training. These sessions occur every Thursday afternoon from 1pm to 5pm. They are divided into four general themes and coordinated by Residency Program faculty.

Residency Support Group: quarterly
The Resident Support Group meets quarterly and offers a structured forum to promote the developing resident’s well-being and an opportunity to explore emotions provoked by challenging cases, the doctor-patient relationship and the role of the physician. The goal is for the resident to develop effective communication and interpersonal skills while dealing with the positive and negative aspects of the residency in a supportive atmosphere. Support groups will meet quarterly per class. Faculty will facilitate the support groups:

  • PGY-1: Drs. Leckie and Islam
  • PGY-2: Dr. Frazier
  • PGY-3: Dr. Coulter

The support groups are facilitated by faculty but are led by the residents. The facilitator will provide support for the resident, but it is also an opportunity for residents to receive support from each other.

PGY-1: Provide the skills and group support necessary to learn and to grow during the challenging internship year.

Example topics:

  • general goals/aspirations
  • fears and expectations of residents
  • transition into residency
  • feelings of insecurity
  • wellness goals

PGY-2: Focus on the complexities of the Doctor-Patient relationship and explores all relationships as they contribute to the practice of medicine.

Example topics:

  • work-life balance
  • difficult patient interactions
  • “human” side of medicine

PGY-3: Focus on the residents' complex transition from residency to early career. 

Example topics:

  • employment search
  • handling medical errors
  • resident autonomy
  • feeling “checked-out”

Ambulatory Clinic Report
Ambulatory Clinic Report (ACR) is a resident driven presentation during didactics that addresses a challenging outpatient clinical case. This experience is designed to emphasize Practice- Based Learning and Improvement and Systems Based Practice competencies. Other clinical competencies should also be evident during presentation. Every third year resident presents at least once during training.

Morbidity & Mortality (M&M)
M&M is a monthly resident-run conference involving the analysis of adverse outcomes in patient care, through peer review. The objectives of the M&M conference are to identify adverse outcomes associated with medical error, to modify behavior and judgment based on previous experiences, and to prevent repetition of errors leading to complications.

Teamlet Meeting
Teamlet meetings are monthly clinic-specific meetings to discuss clinic issues or updates. The meetings are led by the clinic medical directors and all the staff from the clinics are in attendance.

All Residency Meeting (ARM)
The ARM meeting is a monthly meeting to discuss news, updates, and changes to the residency program. The meeting is led by the program director and attending by all faculty, residents, and program staff.

Journal Club

Power Hour
"Power Hour" is a weekly 1-hour board review session under the supervision of our program director Dr. Jamal Islam, MD, MS.

Resident-only meetings
The resident-only meeting is a monthly meeting led by the chief residents and attended by the residents only to discuss residency issues.

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