Good Shepherd Health System

Good Shepherd Internal Medicine Residency Program

Choosing a training program is one of the most important decisions affecting your professional career and personal life. The faculty, staff and leadership and the Longview community are committed to fulfilling your needs and expectations during this formative period in your career.

Why was this program created?

As the only academic health science center in Northeast Texas, the University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler has sponsored family medicine training since 1985 and an occupational medicine residency since 1994. Creation of an internal medicine training program continues the institutional tradition of training primary care physicians. In 2010, a partnership was formed with Good Shepherd Health System to establish this new program, which will address the ever increasing shortage of primary care physicians in Texas and nationwide by expanding training opportunities in internal medicine.

What should I consider in choosing a training program?

Your decision in choosing a training program will be based on a number of factors with location, institutional stability, reputation and culture among the major considerations for most applicants.

Choosing a program location is a very personal decision largely based on where you want to settle, and if Texas is your likely destination, then training at a University of Texas affiliated program in Longview makes good sense. Longview is approximately 118 miles from Dallas and 60 miles from Shreveport, Louisiana. East Texas is known for its scenic lakes, lush piney woods, sports tourism, renowned golf courses and award winning schools. Longview offers a moderate cost of living, cultural facilities, and abundant recreational activities. Learn more about Longview and East Texas.

Both Good Shepherd and the University of Texas Health Science Center in Longview have served the region for decades, and both have solid financial foundations, ensuring stability for both institutions. Good Shepherd Medical Center Longview has a strong history and reputation for providing high-quality, compassionate medical care. A full service, acute-care 425-bed regional referral center, it has more than 84,000 annual emergency room visits and 18,000 annual inpatient admissions.
Training is provided by a team of experienced and committed clinicians and supportive administrative staff.

Program culture reflects the environment and approach to learning, patient care, support, collegiality and work satisfaction. The culture of this program will be characterized as emphasizing a learner-centered environment that is supportive and collegial, which translates into high job satisfaction. Moreover, patient care activities emphasize the principles of patient-centeredness, timeliness, equity, effectiveness, efficiency and safety as recommended by the Institute of Medicine.

How will this program prepare me for the rapidly changing healthcare environment?

The fundamental purpose of the internal medicine residency training program is to create a learning environment which promotes the delivery of quality, safe and patient-centered medical care while also providing the trainee with opportunities for both personal and professional growth as a physician. In addition to the traditional competencies of medical knowledge and patient care skills, physician effectiveness in our complex and evolving healthcare environment also requires high standards of professionalism. Structured learning opportunities in interpersonal and communication skills, performance improvement and systems-based practices will be integrated throughout the three years of training.

I am confident that the learning environment of the Good Shepherd Internal Medicine Residency Program will provide you with the experience to become an outstanding internist and to be successful in any career path you choose after your internal medicine training.


Emmanuel Elueze, MD, PhD, FACP
Internal Medicine Residency Program Director
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

Contact Good Shepherd Internal Medicine Residency Program
Call 903.315.5171 or email