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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) at Permian Basin School of Medicine is a community-based graduate medical school for third- and fourth-year students offering residencies in internal medicine, family and community medicine, rural medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology, as well as clinical rotations and patient care in general surgery, psychiatry and pediatrics. Fellowships are also offered in geriatrics, endocrinology and the hospitalist program. All residency and fellowship programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), which has established national standards for medical education programs and regularly inspects programs for compliance. The programs also operate under campus-level governance according to the Housestaff Policies and Procedures, which are updated each year to ensure the welfare of physicians-in-training.

TTUHSC at Permian Basin School of Medicine aims to provide state-of-the-art patient care, excellence in medical education for the next generation of physicians, and significant contributions to the field of medical research. The small size of the program guarantees that residents receive personal attention from experienced faculty. Team building and camaraderie are strongly encouraged, with first-year residents attending a weekend retreat each fall alongside chief residents and faculty.

Continuing their education in a predominantly underserved area allows residents unique educational opportunities. Campus buildings are adjacent to Medical Center Hospital, which was recently listed in Modern Healthcare’s “Top 100 Teaching Hospitals in America.” This 363-bed facility serves Ector County Hospital District and is mandated to care for indigent populations that include a large number of high-risk and seriously ill patients, providing residents with an opportunity to gain clinical exposure to a variety of conditions and ailments. Midland Memorial Hospital also provides clinical experience for residents.

Learning about proper preventative care is another important part of residents’ training. The Family Practice Center provides primary medical care for people of all ages, including physicals, immunizations, health screenings and well-baby exams. The University Women’s Health Center at Texas Tech allows residents to gain experience in meeting the reproductive health needs of female patients, including conception counseling, ultrasonography and fetal stress testing.

Research plays a major role in continuing faculty development and provides an opportunity for faculty, residents and students to work in a scholarly environment. Nationally recognized clinical scientists have been recruited to direct the Research Institute, with a focus on answering questions that can lead to improved patient care. A medical library is accessible seven days per week, featuring a wide range of reference books, journals, audiovisual resources and MEDLINE searches. Inter-library loan is also available, with most requests being received within 72 hours.

Residents are appointed and promoted based on their medical knowledge, clinical experience and ability to master the attitudinal skills required for each level of their selected program. Graduates from TTUHSC at Permian Basin School of Medicine often choose to open their own practice in the Permian Basin, although many have continued their education with fellowship opportunities or become teaching faculty at TTUHSC at the Permian Basin.

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