Residency Training Tracks and Immersion Experiences

Our Tracks

Residency Training at UTMB Health

Faculty Development Track                  PDF icon

This track is tailored for residents who are interested in becoming academic family physicians. It will include components of teaching, education, research and administration. In addition, it will develop leadership skills, emphasize time management, introduce you to the organization of medical schools and hospitals and their funding mechanisms.
Faculty Contact:  Samuel Mathis, MD

Hospital Medicine Track                        PDF icon 

The Hospitalist Track for Family Medicine has been developed to provide education, training, and exposure to inpatient medicine care that surpass the required core education and training during residency. Those residents who are considering additional exposure or fellowship education and training in hospitalist medicine can pursue it.
Faculty Contact:  Quratulanne "Annie" Jan, MD

Our residency program offers an integrative medicine track where alternative and complementary approaches to medicine are taught

Integrative Medicine Track                   PDF icon

During the course of their residency, Family Medicine residents participating in the Integrative Medicine track will increase their knowledge of complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) for common medical conditions. This longitudinal track will require residents to complete both online modules in addition to a 4 week elective block during PGY 2 or PGY3 with Integrative Medicine physicians and other CIM providers at UTMB and in the community.
Faculty Contact:  Samuel Mathis, MD

Medical Spanish Track                        PDF icon 

Patient-physician communication and the ability to speak in the patient’s preferred language is a key component to successful patient care. Almost 30% of Texans speak Spanish at home, highlighting the importance of increasing the number of physicians who are fluent in medical Spanish. The Medical Spanish Track for family medicine residents has been developed to train track participants in delivering culturally responsive and respectful care to Spanish-speaking patients in their native language.
Faculty Contact: Laura Porterfield, MD

Obstetrics/Women's Health Track       PDF icon

During the course of residency, Family Medicine residents participating in the obstetrical track will care for normal and high risk obstetrical patients during the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum periods, obtain OR experience, perform targeted ultrasounds, perform chart reviews, teach during the Mini-ALSO Course and lead Maternity Care Case Conferences. Residents will be expected to perform at least 10 continuity obstetric deliveries including care of the infant. In addition, residents participating in the obstetrical track will spend an additional 4 week block during the PGY 3 year working in the outpatient setting as well as labor and delivery with Family Medicine faculty, obstetric faculty, and nurse midwives to gain additional experience.
Faculty Contact(s):  Oyetokunbo Ibidapo-Obe, MD or Zuleica Santiago-Delgado

Sports Medicine Track                         PDF icon

The Sports Medicine Track for primary care sports medicine has been developed to provide education, training, and exposure to primary care sports medicine endeavors that surpass the required core education and training during residency. Those residents who are considering fellowship education and training in primary care sports medicine can pursue it. 
Faculty Contact: Namita Bhardwaj, MD

Immersion Experiences

Resident physicians are encouraged to work with our faculty members to develop written programs of study in the area of their particular interest, even if it is not among our existing tracks or immersion experiences

  • Community Medicine
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Geriatrics
  • Global Health
  • Topics in Research

URM Immersion Experience in Family Medicine

URM Scholarship Immersion       PDF icon

Focusing on racial/ethnic minority faculty and learners who are underrepresented in medicine (URM), this experience affords a resident physician the opportunity to contribute to research and scholarly projects to promote the recruitment and retention of faculty, learners and resident physicians who are underrepresented in medicine. Resident physicians, working from an individualized learning plan and schedule, will assist in the developing of research questions, designing projects and writing manuscripts, with the goal of authorship of a peer reviewed manuscript before completion of residency training.
Faculty Contact(s):  Kendall M. Campbell, MD

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

(409) 747-8593

Jamal Islam, MD, MS

Jamal Islam, MD, MS
Director, Residency Program

Taylor Groves

Taylor Groves
Residency Training Program Coordinator

Kimberly Denton

Kimberly Denton
Residency Training Program Manager

Creshonda Collins

Creshonda Collins
Residency Training Program Coordinator