Family and Community Medicine Residency
Mary Spalding, MD
interim Program Director
Welcome to the Texas Tech El Paso Family Medicine Residency Program Web Site. This Residency Program has been continuously accredited since 1975 and has matured into an educational experience rich in clinical exposure, bicultural emphasis, and leadership in US-Mexico Border Health clinical and research opportunities. Our goal is to train and enable our Residents to become the best possible Family Physicians that they can be. Our goal is to maintain our high rate of passage on the American Board of Family Practice Certifying Exam and to prepare well-trained Family Physicians for practice anywhere--be it Far West Texas and New Mexico or any other area of the United States.
El Paso is a wonderful place to live, with a low cost of living, low crime rate, and local culture rich in tradition. Our community is undergoing a period of tremendous growth, with the economic engines associated with both the new Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and with the Fort Bliss expansion of 37,000 troops and their families to El Paso. There are special opportunities in El Paso!
Texas Tech Family Medicine has been the "Neighborhood Family Practice" of northeast El Paso for over 30 years. Our Family Medicine Center is a 26,000 square foot practice site for Family Medicine Faculty, Residents and medical students, and is located 11 miles north of our teaching hospital, University Medical Center. It features: five patient care areas; a large central precepting room; a dedicated procedure area for colposcopies, vasectomies, gynecologic procedures, and minor skin surgeries; a behavioral science consultation room; a private Resident Lounge; a Chief Residents' office; and typical practice areas (reception area, phone room, business office and medical records). It also houses the Department of Family Medicine Faculty offices, a large classroom and the Administration area.
University Medical Center built a new outpatient facility, next door to our clinic, for advanced imaging, pharmacy and laboratory sites, a rehabilitation unit, and a Pain Care Center. This facility opened in Spring 2009 and contains services vital for our practice, including our new Sports Medicine and Musculoskeletal services. Family Medicine also cares for many patients residing in the Texas State Veterans Home, located across the street from the Family Medicine Center. In addition, the Family Medicine Department manages two clinics in high poverty, low health care access areas of El Paso county. Some of our most exciting research has been done at these “Community Partnership Clinics.”
Please browse our web site. Meet the friendly, experienced faculty who love to teach, our close knit group of residents who are a well respected and successful team at University Medical Center, and our practice and administrative staff who give excellent patient care and educational support. Investigate our areas of growth, including the Sports Medicine Fellowship plans.
We strive to continue demonstrating excellence in education, patient care and research as the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center grows. We invite you to investigate the exceptional attributes of our program, of El Paso, and of Texas Tech. Hard work, clinical competency and cultural sensitivity are not for everyone. If they are for you, we challenge you to pursue these goals with us.
If you have questions, please click their name to contact our coordinator or chief residents.
Why Choose our Family and Community Medicine Residency Program?
Extensive exposure to culture and issues unique to the US-Mexico Border.
Attractive 26,000 sq. ft. Family Medicine Center with a large procedure room.
Residents lounge and lab, x-ray and pharmacy on the premises.
Our state-of-the-art program is led by an outstanding faculty. Providing well-balanced ambulatory and hospital experience, as well as opportunities in advanced obstetrics.
Training available at University Medical Center Hospital, El Paso Children's Hospital, University Behavioral Health Hospital, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, and with urban preceptors and at rural clinical sites.
An ever-expanding educational community consisting of:
- The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, is the first United States medical school located on the US-Mexico border.
- Medical Center of the Americas, a consortium of private and public research entities
- UT-Houston School of Public Health, El Paso Community College - 4 area campuses which offer programs in dental hygiene, dietetic technology, radiological technology and many other health-related degrees
- The University of Texas at El Paso with Schools of Nursing and Allied Health including programs in Physical and Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology
- UTEP/UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program
- UTEP/UTH-HSC Cooperative DSN Program
- Border Health Research Center - New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM (40 miles to the northwest) offering Bachelor of Science Degrees in community health, environmental and occupational health, medical technology and nursing as well as Masters Degrees in public health and social and an interdisciplinary graduate minor in alcohol and drug counseling.
Located in the friendly city of El Paso, nestled at the foot of the southern end of the Rockies and featuring:
- A growing population of 750,000 including a thriving Hispanic presence.
- Beautiful weather with sunshine during the majority of the year, spectacular desert scenery and breathtaking sunsets. Hunting, hiking and skiing in nearby New Mexico . Year-round sports, including professional baseball, hockey and soccer and college football and basketball
- Cultural life featuring the symphony, opera and theater.
- Collegiate (all sports) and minor league (baseball, hockey, soccer and rugby) sports teams and a Western Rodeo.
- A sister city of Ciudad de Juarez , Mexico with a population of over 1.2 million providing exposure to a developing nation with its warm, friendly people and historic culture.
El Paso is located at the Western-most point of Texas. Along the city's border, the boundaries of the United States and Mexico and the American states of Texas and New Mexico and the Mexican state of Chihuahua all meet. It is in this geographic setting that one finds the unique fusion of old and new, of history made by cowboys and conquistadors, and of traditions that reflect both American and Mexican cultures. With El Paso's multi-cultural heritage, the resident physician will find it offers a unique location for becoming acquainted with Border Health issues.
The city has grown from its sleepy, small town beginnings to a major metropolitan area of over 750,000 inhabitants, the majority being of Hispanic descent. It is located adjacent to the city of Juarez, Mexico, which boasts a population of over 1.2 million.
El Paso is located at the base of the Franklin Mountains, a southern segment of the Rockies, and along the banks of the Rio Grande. Known as the "Sun City" the sun shines over 300 days a year on average, making it an ideal place for year-round golf, hunting, and hiking, and for skiing in the nearby mountains of New Mexico. Visitors flying or driving into the city during the nighttime hours enjoy the spectacular image of a star, consisting of thousands of light bulbs, on the mountains and shining over the Sun City.
Centuries-old Spanish missions, art museums, theaters, opera, the symphony, outstanding Mexican and international cuisine, Mariachi bands, rodeos and country and western dancing, all play a part in the mosaic of El Paso.
Its citizens enjoy the cultural life provided by the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Pro-Musica Orchestra, the El Paso Opera, and various theater groups. El Paso is a favorite stop for traveling Broadway musical companies. Museums include the El Paso Museum of Art, Insights El Paso Sciences Museum, El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center, War Eagles Air Museum, Southwestern Museum of Cultural History, and the Centennial Museum.
Professional sports fans enjoy the action provided by the El Paso Buzzards Ice Hockey Team, the El Paso Patriots Soccer Team, the El Paso Scorpions Rugby Team and the El Paso Diablos, a member of the American Association of Independent Baseball. The University of Texas at El Paso Miners give college sports fans plenty of action with their basketball and football teams. The Sun Bowl football game, held every year during the Christmas and New Year's holiday season, is televised nationally and is part of the Sun Carnival, the city' official celebration of its continuous sunshine status.
In addition, the following are nearby recreational sites:
- Juarez, Mexico, within walking distance of El Paso, for shopping, restaurants, and night life
- Ruidoso, New Mexico, situated high in the Lincoln National Forest, for skiing, hiking, camping, fine dining, and horse racing
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park in Carlsbad, New Mexico
- Silver City, New Mexico and the nearby Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
- The NASA Space Museum in Alamogordo, New Mexico
- White Sands National Monument in White Sands, NM
- Elephant Butte Dam, near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, for boating, fishing, water skiing, and camping.
State-of-the Art Learning Experience
The state-of-the-art program provides well-balanced ambulatory and hospital experience. Our residents follow their panel of patients in a continuity clinic environment throughout their three years with us. Clinical experiences include obstetrics, trauma, chronic diseases, acute care, a high incidence of infectious diseases no longer common in other U.S. areas and other Border Health issues. Concurrently, the residents provide care via our Family Medicine Inpatient Service at University Medical Center, the primary teaching hospital for the program. We have extensive experience available in obstetrics with a high volume of labor and delivery, including a special three-month rotation in the third year that includes operative obstetrics.
A Varied Training Experience
Our residents also train at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, with community preceptors and at various clinics, some serving the underprivileged areas of the city. Teaching affiliations with nursing home and other community institutions and agencies afford broad opportunities for the pursuit of individual career interest, including rural health care. For example, inhabitants of colonias (unincorporated, poor neighborhoods without running water) are also serviced by our residents as part of their training. In addition, there is opportunity to rotate at the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation located in nearby New Mexico.
Continuity of Patient Care and Procedures
The Texas Tech Family Medicine Center serves as the focus of the resident's training. The community-based practice offers residents the opportunity to follow their own panel of families throughout their training experience. Here they also learn procedures such as vasectomy, colposcopy, circumcision, typanometry, biopsy/removal of skin lesions, IUD placement, colposcopy, and endometrial biopsy. Training also includes a strong behavioral health component with a dedicated behavioral science consultation room and Mental Health faculty available for consultation. Behavioral Science faculty provide direct feedback to resents regarding interviewing/interpersonal communication skills after observed continuity-care visits.
Family Medicine Center
Our 26,000-square foot clinic is located in northeast El Paso, about 15 minutes from University Medical Center. It features a bright and sunny environment provided through innovative architectural design and accents, spacious and pleasant reception and waiting areas, large windows and skylights. There are four nursing stations, 29 exam rooms, a procedure room and a behavioral science consultation room. The Family Medicine Center initiated use of an electronic medical record in 2007 and began transformation to the Patient-Centered Medical Home Model in March of 2013.
Resident education is enhanced by a large classroom offering multiple presentation options, a centrally-located precepting/consulting area, a dedicated library area, and easily-accessible WiFi service throughout the facility. Residents enjoy a private lounge of their own design; and University Medical Center provides on-site pharmacy services, laboratory services and radiology services.
University Medical Center is a nationally-recognized, top-performing medical center having earned awards and honors for excellence in patient care. It is a 346-bed facility, the largest public hospital on the United States-Mexico border, the only Level 1 Trauma Center in approximately 250 miles, and the primary teaching hospital for our residents.
El Paso Children’s Hospital opened in February of 2012. It provides El Paso 122 private pediatric rooms, state of the art equipment, family-friendly spaces, and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Family Medicine faculty and residents provide continuity care for pediatric inpatients, women during labor, and post-partum mother-baby couplets in this wonderful facility.
University Behavioral Health Hospital of El Paso is a private psychiatric hospital specializing in mental health and chemical dependency care. It provides a wide range of services and programs that offer evidence-based treatment proven to have positive outcomes for patients.
William Beaumont Army Medical Center is the primary hospital in the area serving active duty military personnel and their families. It has a bed capacity of over 200 and is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. We do not have required rotations at WBAMC, but electives are available for interested residents.
We look forward to receiving your application for admission into our Residency Program. We receive applications solely through the Electronic Resident Application Service (ERAS) provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges.