The Pediatric Residency Program at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Amarillo is
a tight-knit community of physicians with a big mission to provide optimal pediatric
care to all children in the Panhandle of Texas and surrounding areas while educating
our residents to be well-rounded, evidence-based practitioners. Our community of
pediatricians, both generalists and specialists, provide one-on-one guidance to our
residents providing unique educational opportunities for them. The residents receive
multiple exposures to procedures and inpatient/outpatient experiences that enhance
their clinical acumen.
Having recently grown to 7 residents per year, the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center’s
Pediatric Residency serves the Texas Panhandle and surrounding areas in New Mexico,
Kansas, and Oklahoma. The land area is over 25,000 square miles with a population
of nearly 500,000. Residents are presented with patient encounters on a primary care
basis rather than seeing tertiary cases with pre-existing diagnosis. The residents
are also exposed to multiple subspecialty areas in the inpatient and outpatient setting.
The residents have unique exposure to children with special healthcare needs as
several general faculty take care of this subset of patients. Our residency provides
a very strong core education in general pediatrics.
There are more than 30 faculty who oversee the training of our residents in the areas
of patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal/communication skills, professionalism,
practice-based learning, and systems-based practice. The education is led by the
Program Director Dr. Shannon Herrick, Associate Program Director Dr. Johnnie Faircloth,
and co-chief residents Dr. Husam Ghawi and Dr. Tasneem Karim. This team advocates
strongly for the residents’ wellbeing and overall experience. At Texas Tech, we strive
to create a team of residents that function at a very high level. In order to do this,
we provide a strong educational structure including a block lecture series with an
18 month curriculum, bimonthly test curriculum, and multiple hands-on skills labs.
We also provide team building and professionalism lectures as well as teaching and
leadership seminars to promote strong, collaborative working relationships.
Because of this commitment to a close-knit community of physicians, we have created
an environment where residents want to stay on as faculty. Therefore, we have seven
former residents now on our faculty roster. These are the Program Director, Dr. Shannon
Herrick; Associate Program Director, Dr. Johnnie Faircloth; Dr. Srilatha Alapati,
Cardiology; Dr. Tetyana Vasylyeva, Nephrology; Drs. Rachel Anderson, Amanda Griffin
and Andrew Relph, General Pediatrics.