Experience-Based Lessons From Rural Texas Graduate Medical Education

Lisa R. Nash, Tricia C. Elliott, Jorge Duchicela

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The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston (UTMB) family medicine residency program established a rural training track (RTT) in Weimar, Texas, in 2000. The UTMB-RTT provided a training environment designed specifically to prepare family physicians for rural practice in Texas. From 2000 to 2015, 17 family medicine residents completed their training and graduated from the UTMB-RTT. Despite successes with graduate training, rural placement after program completion, and recruitment of underrepresented minorities, the UTMB-RTT closed in June 2015. This paper describes the strengths of and challenges experienced by the program, as well as lessons learned to inform future endeavors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-53
Number of pages4
JournalTexas Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2016


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