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General Information

Q: How competitive is the program?

A: Emergency medicine is a sought after residency and Texas Tech has a respected program. Although very competitive, there is always a place for qualified candidates.

Q: How many hours are each of your shifts?

A: Every shift in the ER is 12 hours.

Q: How many months do the residents work in the ER? What is the breakdown of shifts the residents work?

A: EM-1s do a total of 5 months in the ED

  • 5 shifts (Orientation month) - 1 month
  • 15 shifts (ER) - 2 months
  • 19 shifts (ER) - 1 month

A: EM-2s do a total of 9 months in the ED

  • 16 shifts (ER) - 7 months
  • 16 shifts (Pediatric ER) - 1 month
  • 18 shifts (ER) - 1 month

A: EM-3s do a total of 11 months in the ED

  • 12 shifts (Administrative Month) - 1 month
  • 15 shifts (ER) - 8 months
  • 15 shifts (Pediatric ER) - 1 month
  • 17 shifts - 1 month

Q: Does previous training make a difference?

A: Many programs do not match residents with prior training because of limitations in Medicare funding. Texas Tech feels that for many individuals prior training is a distinct advantage. We recruit individuals with prior training and are eager to have them apply for residency.

Q: What is your moonlighting policy?

A: At this time Texas Tech has a policy against external moonlighting. Currently the department does offer some additional education opportunities for residents that have proven competency on the ABEM in-service examination and have prior approval from the program director. These shifts are within the department and are limited to the same duty hour regulations.

VPN Setup

Q: How To: Setup VPN on iPad

A: VPN iPad setup

  1. Navigate to 'Settings', then select 'General' and then select 'VPN'
  2. Under 'L2TP' enter the following information:
    • Description: TTUHSC VPN
    • Server:
    • Account: eRaider Username
    • RSA SecurID: leave Off
    • Password: eRaider password
    • Secret: ttuhsc
    • Send All Traffic: ON
    • Proxy: Off

Q: How to: Setup TTUHSC VPN For Mac OSX

A: Click the 'Apple logo' icon in the top left of your menu bar and select System Preferences from the drop-down.

  1. The System Preferences window will open.
    • Under Internet & Wireless click the Network icon.
  2. On the left, you will see all available network connections.
    • Click on the '+' icon to add a connection.
  3. A new window will open up, for the Interface choose VPN from the drop-down.
  4. VPN Type: choose L2TP over IPSec
  5. Service Name: enter TTUHSC VPN
  6. Click 'Create'
  7. The TTUHSC VPN connection will now be listed in the left-hand column, next to Server Address: type and next to Account Name: enter your eRaider username. Then click on Authentication Settings.
  8. Then under User Authentication: with Password selected type your eRaider password.
  9. Under Machine Authentication: with Shared Secret selected type ttuhsc then click 'OK'.
  10. Select the checkbox for Show VPN status in menu bar and then click 'Advanced'.
  11. Go to the Options tab and make sure Send all traffic over VPN connection is checked.
  12. Select the DNS tab and then under Search Domains click on the '+' icon to add an entry. Type in and then click 'OK'.
  13. Click on 'Apply' to complete the setup
To connect: On the top right of the menu bar there is a VPN icon that when you click on, will give you an option to connect to TTUHSC VPN.

To disconnect: On the top right of the menu bar there is a VPN icon that when you click on, will give you an option to disconnect from TTUHSC VPN.

Q: How to: Setup TTUHSC VPN For Windows 7

A: Click on the link to veiw the VPN setup for Windows 7