Katie Billingsley, MD demonstrates a procedure to a medical student during a hands-on workshop.
Victor Sierpina, MD demonstrates a technique to students during a hands-on workshop
Students practice skills during a hands-on workshop
Students and residents practice during a workshop

Medical Student Education Program

Increasing Interest in Family Medicine Through Education

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 advisers for both individual students and for student groups, and on various course committees and committees for the School of Medicine. Family Medicine faculty also conduct funded educational and curricular research.

The required third-year clerkship in Family Medicine is a four-week ambulatory, community-based rotation at family medicine clinical sites across Texas. The clerkship faculty include both campus-based faculty and community faculty from across the state. The clerkship has consistently been one of the highest-ranked School of Medicine courses over the past decade. Oversight of the clerkship is the responsibility of the Family Medicine Medical Student Education Committee. It is comprised of the clerkship director, physicians, educators, community development specialists, and secretarial staff. The committee meets regularly to address issues that arise and to discuss and work on ideas for improving the clerkship. 


The Department of Family Medicine offers one required course, its third-year Family Medicine Clerkship, as well as a wide array of acting internships, selectives, and electives. The department also also coordinates the Texas Statewide Family Medicine Preceptorship Program for UTMB Health.

Take a look at the department's course list today.

Get Involved

The Department of Family Medicine sponsors two student interest groups, the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) and Students for Integrative Medicine (SIM), and is also involved in the UTMB Health chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). 

The FMIG is an active group, meeting monthly and hosting outreach events as well as procedure workshops for students to sharpen their skills under the guidance of Department of Family Medicine faculty and residents. For more information about the group and to join in, please visit their Facebook page.

The SIM group has recently undergone a renewal under the leadership of a driven group of interested students. For more information about joining SIM and their activities, please contact Petra Kelsey, a student in the UTMB Health School of Medicine.

AMSA has strong roots at UTMB Health, and the UTMB chapter focuses on community service and enhancing medical student education. If you are interested in joining the UTMB Health chapter of AMSA, please email the group at amsa.utmb@gmail.com.


Welcome the Family Medicine Class of 2024

Mar 19, 2021, 14:00 PM by Julia Essex

The 2021 Match is complete and the UTMB Health Department of Family Medicine is pleased to welcome our incoming resident Class of 2024.  We are excited to have 3 students who matched from UTMB and look forward to everyone's summer arrival.

  Forray Marissa   Hassan Yousseff Sara   Jones Amy
Marissa Foray
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Sara Hassan Yousseff
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Amy Jones
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  Nguyen Hansen  Okonkwo Kasiemobi   Pilgrim Benjamin
Hansen Nguyen
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
Kasiemobi Okonkwo
Ross University School of Medicine
Benjamin Pilgrim
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
   Roy Sukanya   Shaghaghi neda    Thomas Jayshree
Sukanya Roy
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth
Neda Shaghaghi
Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University
Jayshree Thomas
University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
  Williams Katharine    
Katharine Williams
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Department of Family Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1123

Victor Sierpina, MD

Victor Sierpina, MD
Director, Medical Student Education Program

(409) 772-9353

Shannon Samuelson

Shannon Samuelson
Medical Student Education Program Manager

(409) 772-3120

Layne Dearman

Layne Dearman
Family Medicine Clerkship Coordinator

(409) 772-1395