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Family Medicine News

Women's Health Procedures Workshop 2023

2nd Annual Women's Health Workshop a Huge Success

February 20, 2023, 09:56 AM by Cassi Boatwright

On Thursday, February 16th, 2023 the UTMB Health Department of Family Medicine hosted the 2nd Annual Women's Health Workshop, a collaboration between the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) and the Obstetrics Gynecology Student Society (OGSS).

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Docside Clinic brings primary care to underserved maritime community

January 30, 2023, 12:45 PM by Cassi Boatwright

Dr. Shannon Guillot-Wright is Vice Chair of Research and Health Policy in the Department of Family Medicine, and Health Policy Research Director at the Center for Violence Prevention was recently awarded a $660,000 grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control funding a 5yr research project to address health disparities for commercial fishermen and to bring medical professionals to the fishing docks to provide primary care services.

Leonard Wang Packing Flu Packs for Vietnamese Fisherman


December 6, 2022, 15:16 PM by Cassi Boatwright

Thanks to UTMB Health Family Medicine Research Federal Work Study Student, Leonard Wang, 50 flu/winter kits for Vietnamese fishermen will be distributed at the Docside Clinic this week and in the weeks to come.

Student Immunization Team

UTMB Students Provide Community Immunizations

November 8, 2022, 15:28 PM by Cassi Boatwright

Members of the UTMB Health Latino Medical Student Association and the Family Medicine Interest Group were recently on hand, at La Michoacán on Broadway, to provide free flu immunizations to the Galveston community.

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Medical Student Education Program

Family medicine offers courses for undergraduate medical students throughout all four years of the medical curriculum. Family Medicine faculty also serve as examiners in the fourth-year Integrative Curriculum Evaluation Exercise (ICEE), as advisors for both individual students and for student groups, and on various course committees. Read more...


Faculty demonstrate procedures during hands-on workshop.

Residency Training Program

The 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 380 physicians since accepting its first residents in 1971. For nearly 50 years, our mission has been to educate physicians to the highest standards of medical practice. Read more...



Butterfly Sonogram Workshop

Research Program

Research in the UTMB Health Department of Family Medicine focuses on four broad research areas that reflect the interests of the faculty and principles of Family Medicine. Each year, one of the family medicine residency programs in the area hosts a  Regional Family Medicine Research Symposium, with presentations by residents and fellows from the Galveston-Houston area family medicine residency programs. Read more...


Poster Presentation Resident Haris Vakil and Namita Bardwaj