UT Health Center - Tyler


11937 US Hwy 271
Tyler, TX 75708-3154
Phone: 903-877-7204

Key People

Jonathan MacClements, MD - Program Director
Patti Burk Olusola, MD - Clerkship Site Coordinator
Alinda Ellis - Clerkship Secretary

First Day Reporting:

Reporting Site: Family Medicine Administrative Office, Room 240B
Reporting Person: Patti Burk Olusola, MD Phone: 903-877-5874
Reporting Time: 8 a.m.

The University of Texas Health Center at Tyler clerkship site is located in the scenic piney woods of East Texas, approximately 80 miles southeast of Dallas. The 600-acre wooded campus provides a relaxing break from the hectic urban scene. Parking is free and bountiful, in close proximity to the hospital. The unopposed family medicine residency program in Tyler trains seven residents per year for a total of 21 residents. The patient care experience ranges from well-baby checks for newborns to geriatric care. Students rotating in Tyler will have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of family medicine in diverse settings including academic clinics, private practice clinics, and in the community. Students rotate at various clinical sites including the Family Medicine and Primary Care outpatient clinics, the prenatal clinic, emergency room, podiatry clinic, and adolescent medicine clinic. The family medicine faculty at UTHCT have a broad range of interests including sports medicine, geriatrics, office gynecology, adolescent medicine, and travel medicine. Students also spend 3-4 days on the family medicine inpatient service and 3-4 days with a busy private practice group in Kilgore, a rural town about 20 minutes from UTHCT.  Students will also have opportunities to see patients within the community while going on geriatric home visits as well as spending time in inpatient and outpatient hospice settings. There is no student over-night call in Tyler.

Educational didactic sessions occur on a daily/weekly basis including morning report, lunch lectures in the family medicine department (lunch is provided!), Tumor board, Grand Rounds, and student-only lectures with one of the family medicine faculty.

The website for the Family Medicine Residency program in Tyler has up-to-date information regarding the residents and faculty as well as the city of Tyler.

Students are housed in cottages located on the wooded campus. Jogging and bike trails are close by. Tyler State Park is close to the campus, and Tyler, a city of 90,000, has a nationally recognized zoo, shopping, 25 movie screens, and affordable dining.


Take I-20 E to Tyler (approximately 90 miles). Exit I-20 at State Highway 155. Take 155 south approximately two miles to the junction of US Highway 271. UT Health Center at Tyler will be to your right at this intersection.

Living Arrangements in Tyler

A two-bedroom apartment has been leased and furnished in Tyler. This apartment is on the grounds of The University of Texas Health Center at Tyler. The apartment will not be ready for occupancy until the Sunday before your rotation starts. Your final duties in Tyler will be on Thursday at the end of your rotation. The final exam is usually that Friday afternoon in Dallas, so you check out before the exam.

When you arrive, check with the University Police/host in the main lobby of the hospital to pick up your key.


Each apartment is furnished with a microwave oven, television, cable/internet connection, washer & dryer, sheets, towels, dishes and cooking utensils such as pots, pans, plates and silverware. It does not have items like spatulas, large cooking/stirring spoons, large knives or other items of a similar nature. If you plan to do major cooking, you will need to bring these items from home. Otherwise, you will only need to take clothes and personal bath items. Pillows and towels are "hospital issued" so you may want to bring your own.


Telephones are provided. No direct-dial long distances calls are allowed. You may place operator-assisted collect or credit-card calls. Students occupying the apartment will be responsible for payment of any long distance charges billed to these phones during their stay.

Maid Service

Weekly maid service will be provided. Sheets and towels will be washed prior to your arrival, but no laundry service will be provided during your stay. Washers and dryers are available for your use.


You are responsible!! Damage to the apartment or furnishings will be charged against both occupants. An inventory will be taken at the end of each rotation. Students will be charged for any items found damaged or missing. Each student in the apartment will receive a grade of "I" until the account is settled.