Family Medicine Residency Program
The programmatic aims of the Family & Community Medicine Residency at UTSW are:
a. To train residents through a longitudinal evidence based curriculum, to become well-rounded family physicians providing evidence based, cost-effective and high-quality patient and family-centered healthcare for a variety of populations, including the underserved.
b. To improve clinical care continuously through thoughtful QI projects.
a. To recruit high-quality residents from diverse backgrounds.
b. To engage residents proactively through bedside learning, didactics, procedure workshops, and opportunities to personalize their training through electives, interprofessional roles and committee memberships.
c. To grow and sustain high-quality faculty through faculty development and mentoring.
d. To ensure wellness for program faculty, residents and staff through structured events, peer support, mentoring and promotion of university resources.
a. To engage faculty, residents and medical students in community-based and clinical research specifically designed to improve patient care quality and outcomes.
b. To actively guide and support residents throughout the research process from initial inquiry to final presentation or publication.
The UT Southwestern Department of Family and Community Medicine offers 14 positions through the resident match each year. Eight positions are offered through our Parkland Track which serves the indigent population of Dallas County, and six positions are offered through our Southwestern Health Resources Track which mainly serves the privately insured.
Both tracks share common elements in training as shown below.
Procedure Training and Workshops
- Ultra Sound
- Skin and Nail
- Endometrial Biopsy
- Long Acting Reversible Contraception
- Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
- Lumbar Puncture
FM Grand Rounds
During their PGY3 year, our residents are given the opportunity to disseminate their research or focus on an area of interest. The FM Grand Rounds provide an updated scientific knowledge foundation which will enhance diagnosis and treatment in the care of our patients. Expert panelists are invited to help discuss the most evidence-based patient management and lead discussion following the resident lecture. These talks are AAFP CME approved and open to the whole campus and community physicians.
Special Interest Areas
Community Action Research Experience (CARE)
Community Action Research Experience (CARE) is a program designed to train family medicine residents in community action research and equip them with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to adequately engage their community and at the same time care for underserved populations, thereby reducing health disparities in the Dallas County area. It was born out of the concern that current training models may not adequately prepare practicing physicians to partner with and impact the health of their communities.
The Integrative Medicine in Residency (IMR) track is a longitudinal curriculum of 200 hours of online modules offered through the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, who are the pioneers in Integrative Medicine education for physicians and physicians in training. This track is offered for four residents in each class starting in their PGY2 year who demonstrate a strong interest for the study of complementary and alternative medicine in primary care. In addition to completing the 200 hours of modules, attendance at a monthly discussion group/journal club meeting is also required for this track. Residents completing the track retain access to the modules for one year after graduation, and receive a certificate of completion.
Curriculum: Our GH curriculum currently consists of two-week electives open to all FM residents that show interest and commitment to GH along with longitudinal academic, research and clinical duties as outlined below throughout their residency training. The aim is to develop this into an independent track where the residents participating may receive a distinction in Global Health (GH).
Mission: To train UTSW Family Medicine residents in the core competencies of Global Health in preparation for providing for diverse populations.
Background: Given the constant influx and efflux of people through the U.S., and more specifically Texas, holistic care assumes a modified meaning. In addition to its multidimensional meanings, it now encompasses and demands a deep understanding of cultural competency, including the ability to care for diverse populations regardless of geographical boundaries as well as knowledge of global diseases and management in limited-resource settings. Moreover, there is a growing number of American physicians interested in global careers. From here comes the significance of global health and the need to “Think Global, and Act Local.” A curriculum in Global Health will aim to equip all residents with essential knowledge that they may incorporate and apply in their future practice, or that may stimulate their future careers.
Residents can obtain a departmental distinction in their area of interest within family medicine. To obtain this distinction, a resident’s scholarly project, grand rounds presentation and electives must focus on this area of interest.