Community Medicine Track

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The Internal Medicine program offers incoming residents the opportunity to participate in an enhanced curriculum designed around community health and serving patients that are uninsured or suffering from economic and structural disadvantages. As a longitudinal experience across all three years of training, participating residents will experience:

  • Mentorship from leaders among the UTMB faculty, the larger UTMB institution, and the wider Galveston area community.
  • A continuity clinic experience in safety-net clinics serving the underserved.
  • Protected educational and elective time to further explore pertinent topics including health policy and legislation, medical education, addiction medicine, carceral health, and more!
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Requirements by Year:

Community medicine experiences and protected time are distributed evenly across the three years of residency and seamlessly integrated into the foundational IM curriculum.

ClinicWeekly continuity clinic at community safety-net site
1 month at community siteN/AN/A
Selectives:None1-2 blocks selective*1-2 blocks selective*
Additional Community Requirements:Resident as Educator†Home visits†-Health Policy, Leadership & Legislation†
-Psychiatry outpatient†
Total Community Experience:6 weeks 6-10 weeks 8-12 weeks
Free Electives:8 weeks8-12 weeks8-12 weeks

*A total of 3 blocks in community medicine must be completed between PGY-2 and PGY-3 years
†These are each two-week experiences

  • Selective options:
    • Addiction Medicine
    • Carceral Health
    • Coastal Health and Wellness Clinic
    • St. Vincent’s Free Clinic and Mobile Clinics
    • Grace Clinic serving unsheltered patients in Galveston
    • HIV/HCV Clinic
    • Point of Care Ultrasound

Each resident enrolled in the track will also complete a capstone project focused on a topic in community medicine by the end of the three years.

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