The Department of Graduate Medical Education is an important component to UT Health’s mission, which is “to serve Northeast Texas and beyond through excellent patient care and community health, comprehensive education, and innovative research.” Our purpose is to provide medical graduates with exceptional residency training programs that comply with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Training Tomorrow’s Leaders in Healthcare
UT Health offers three ACGME approved graduate medical residency programs, including family medicine, occupational medicine, internal medicine, rural track family medicine, and psychiatry. The Department of Graduate Medical Education also offers a psychology internship.
Providing Quality Education
The Director of Medical Education and the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) oversee all residency programs at UT Health Northeast. The GMEC supervises, coordinates, reviews, and assures quality education of all graduate medical education programs. Responsibilities of the GMEC include:
- Establishing policies that apply to all graduate medical education programs.
- Maintaining appropriate oversight of and liaison with program directors and assuring that program directors establish and maintain proper oversight of and liaison with appropriate personnel of other institutions.
- Monitoring of programs and establishing an appropriate work environment and the duty hours of residents.
- Assuring an educational environment in which residents may raise and resolve issues without fear of intimidation or retaliation.
- Regularly reviewing all ACGME letters of accreditation and developing and monitoring action plans for the correction of citations.
- Conducting internal reviews of all graduate medical education programs.
- Assuring that each residency program establishes and implements formal written criteria and processes for the selection, evaluation, and promotion and dismissal of residents.
- Collecting intra-institutional information and making recommendations on the appropriate funding for residency programs.
Jeffrey L. Levin, MD, MSPH
Senior Vice President for Clinical and Academic Affairs, Designated Institution Official
Peggy Pazos, BS, MBA, C-TAGME
Director, Graduate Medical Education
Report resident duty hours in excess of ACGME requirements.
Maximum duty hours per week:
- 80 hours averaged over 4 weeks
Maximum in-hospital on-call frequency:
- PGY-2 and above: 28 hours (admitting patients for up to 24 hours, plus 4 remaining hours for transition and educational activities); PGY-1: 16 hours
- PGY-2 resdients and above must be scheduled for in-house call no more frequently than every third night (when averaged over a four-week period).
Maximum time off between scheduled duty periods:
- PGY-1 should have 10 hours, must have 8 hours; intermediate-level should have 10 hours; must have 8 hours. Must have 14 hours after 24 hours on in-house duty; final years: exceptions made by RRC
Maximum frequency of in-hospital night float:
- 6 consecutive nights
Mandatory time off duty
- 4 days off per month; 1 day (24 hours) off per week, averaged over 4 weeks
Please email the Compliance office if any concerns. All emails are treated confidentially.
UT Health Northeast has an affiliation with UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Third year students may elect to do their family medicine rotation at UT Health Northeast. Working with our family medicine residents and attending physicians is a great way for students to spend a few weeks immersed in East Texas and get a sneak peek at what resident life is like at UT Health Northeast.
In addition, through an affiliation with Good Shepherd Medical Center and The University of North Texas Health Science Center – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM), third-year students from TCOM can spend their entire third year in Longview and complete their core rotations through Good Shepherd Medical Center and its physician groups.
The goal of both of these medical school affiliations is to provide an opportunity for recruitment to our residency programs. UT Health Northeast wants to provide the region with primary care physicians, and these are two successful programs that can attract medical students to be future residents in one of its programs. We welcome inquiries from students at other US medical schools as well. Please contact the Department of Graduate Medical Education to seek advice on how to rotate through one of our residency programs.
Ronica Harper, Medical Education Coordinator