It is my privilege to extend my welcome to you on your first contact with our program through this Web page. What you are reading represents a small part of what we are as a program. Let me take you on a "virtual" tour. I will start with this information. It is the product of a working committee of residents and faculty. We have worked hard to make the information readable, interesting, memorable and complete without being overwhelming. The recruitment committee is responsible for your entire introductory experience, so we hope you will find the experience useful as you make your residency choice decisions.
The information enclosed is designed to familiarize you with the four aspects of our program: the residents, the faculty, the facility, and the culture. Let's continue our tour with the resident group themselves. It is a diverse group, and we make a deliberate effort to keep it so. We believe in the strength of variety and the enhanced learning environment resulting from the challenge of different viewpoints and backgrounds. All races, both genders, a variety of ages and backgrounds are represented. A number of our residents are single, many are married and some have families. The unifying trait is a desire to work as a team, a dedication to active learning and a commitment to support for each other in work and in non-work endeavors.
Next stop on our tour is a visit with the faculty. You will find biosketches of each of us. We are also a diverse group of family physicians with a combined experience of more than a century. We all directly practice and among the group, represent skills in all aspects of Family Medicine-from OB to hospice, from surgery to public health, from ICU care to ambulatory endoscopic procedures. We are also committed teachers. You will find each of us make an effort to be available both physically and emotionally.
Our facility gives us "the best of both worlds". We are 30 miles from the world-renown Texas Medical Center. If we need the services of a super sub-specialist, we can usually get them, yet we enjoy the atmosphere of a hospital that is primary care oriented. The majority of births here are attended by FP's. The majority of ICU patients are cared for totally by primary care physicians. Even general surgery cases are performed by FP's. Our clinic and hospital are modern and beautiful. We perform a number of procedures in our clinic including OB and non-OB ultrasound, colposcopy, flex sig., minor surgery and others.
The last stop on the tour is our culture. I cannot give you a photograph of it, but you'll feel it when you come interview. Our mission statement describes our goals well and hints at the atmosphere you will find. Teamwork, support, excitement, humor, and high standards of excellence are words that come to mind. This is not a hierarchical, "top-down" organization. Residents, staff, even medical students are involved in our continuing evolution toward our stated mission. We value feedback, constructive criticism, and encourage active learning at every opportunity while delivery the finest medical care possible in one of the most volatile industries of our time. If you are chosen to join us, you will have the opportunity to help build on the dream.