Experience-Based Lessons From Rural Texas Graduate Medical Education

Lisa R. Nash, Tricia C. Elliott, Jorge Duchicela

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The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston (UTMB) family medicine residency program established a rural training track (RTT) in Weimar, Texas, in 2000. The UTMB-RTT provided a training environment designed specifically to prepare family physicians for rural practice in Texas. From 2000 to 2015, 17 family medicine residents completed their training and graduated from the UTMB-RTT. Despite successes with graduate training, rural placement after program completion, and recruitment of underrepresented minorities, the UTMB-RTT closed in June 2015. This paper describes the strengths of and challenges experienced by the program, as well as lessons learned to inform future endeavors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-53
Number of pages4
JournalTexas Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Nash, L. R., Elliott, T. C., & Duchicela, J. (2016). Experience-Based Lessons From Rural Texas Graduate Medical Education. Texas Medicine, 112(2), 50-53.