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Welcome to Graduate Medical Education in West Texas, where that same "Can Do" attitude that transformed a wilderness into world-leading cattle, oil and cotton enterprises is expressed in the delivery of high quality medical care and medical education. The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center serves approximately the western half of the state. Core to the mission is developing high quality health care professionals via the schools of Allied Health, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The Health Sciences Center holds a strong Commitment to Graduate Medical Education. The School of Medicine hosts 34 residency and fellowship programs with approximately 500 physicians-in-training on campuses in LubbockAmarillo, Permian Basin, and El Paso.



The goal of medical education (residency training) is to become certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to practice in a medical specialty. The Texas Tech residency programs are developed in the context of the Physician General Competencies as expressed by the ABMS and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

Those are:

  • Patient Care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health
  • Medical Knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (e.g. epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement that involves investigation and evaluation of their own patient care, appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence, and improvements in patient care
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families, and other health professionals
  • Professionalism, as manifested through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population
  • Systems-Based Practice, as manifested by actions that demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is a rich and diverse group of physicians, scientists, professionals and support people who join in the agenda of learning, caring and healing. If you are a young physician considering further professional development, consider joining us!

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