Three-year Med School Track Boosts Family Medicine in Texas - AAFP

AAFP - The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School (TTUHSC) of Medicine Family Medicine Accelerated Track program is successfully allowing students to finish the three-year curriculum and begin residency one year sooner.

TTUHSC intends to keep the accelerated program selective and small, with classes that typically range in size from eight to 15 students. Halfway into their first year, students are partnered with a mentor on the family medicine faculty. They also attend lectures by family physicians during their first summer.

"Only 10 percent of medical students choose family medicine," said Steven Berk, M.D., dean of the TTUHSC School of Medicine. "Now we have a national crisis, so we wanted to bend the curve toward family medicine."

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