Residency Training Tracks

Resident physician Albert Hwang, MD and faculty member Susan Weller, PhD

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.

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.

Our physicians provide prenatal care, delivery, and newborn care

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.

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Public Health Track                             PDF icon 

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The Public Health Track provides residents interested in public health careers or concerned about public health issues with focused training in public health research and practice skills within the 3 year residency training.  The Public Health Track courses and activities guide residents in developing knowledge, skills, and values regarding:

  • Structure and functions of public health systems
  • Physician’s role in public health practice
  • Evidence based public health planning
  • Public health research

Upon successful completion of track requirements, residents will earn a certificate of Public Health. This designation is noted on the residents training record, as well as during the commencement ceremony.

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.

Other Opportunities for Areas of Concentration

For complete descriptions please visit the curriculum web page

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 areas of concentration.

  • Behavioral medicine
  • Child and adolescent medicine
  • Community medicine
  • Emergency medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Global health
  • Practice management
  • Preventive medicine
  • Research

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