In 2011, just before the Internal Medicine Residency Program began, Good Shepherd entered into an agreement with the University of North Texas Health Science Center – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC-TCOM) to be a remote educational site for six of its third-year medical students. Good Shepherd hosted this inaugural group of upper-level medical students for the entire academic year, and coordinated core rotations for the students with local physicians in the following specialties: internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, osteopathic manipulative medicine, family practice and psychiatry, as well as some electives, including neurosurgery, plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery, gastroenterology, emergency medicine, perinatology and pathology.
As the residency program begins at Good Shepherd, our plans for graduate medical education are flourishing. As we welcome 18 residents each year to their three-year training program, our number of medical students will increase, resulting from excellent feedback from both the students and their attending physicians, as well as UNTHSC-TCOM. The inclusion of these medical students with the residency program will not only allow Good Shepherd to be a multi-faceted teaching institution, but it will allow the incoming residents to provide leadership to the medical students, as well as promote the UT/GSMC Internal Medicine Residency Program to the student body at UNTHSC-TCOM, a state and national leader in education of Osteopathic Physicians. Good Shepherd now hosts 12 third-year medical students from TCOM, along with a number of visiting fourth-year students from TCOM and other US medical schools.
Named as one of the nation’s top 50 medical schools for primary care by U.S. News & World Report and the only osteopathic medical school in the state, TCOM is a leader in training physicians skilled in comprehensive primary care and rural medicine. Approximately 65 percent of TCOM’s graduates practice primary care medicine (family practice, general internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics), helping reduce the shortage of physicians in our Texas communities.
If you are a third or fourth year medical student at any US medical school, and are interested in doing a core or elective rotation at Good Shepherd Medical Center, please contact the Graduate Medical Education office by emailing the program coordinator, Cindy Harrison, at email@example.com. We will need documentation from you and your medical school, such as proof of vaccinations and proof of malpractice insurance. While we may not be able to fill all requests, we will certainly try to do our best. Our main goal is to grow the residency program, so if you feel like internal medicine will be the route you choose, we would welcome you to Good Shepherd to learn about the hospital, the city of Longview and surrounding areas, and witness the quality of care that is synonymous with our providers and our award-winning institution.