Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (SHSU-COM) is committed to training future physicians for practice in areas of physician workforce shortage. To this end, in addition to having student rotations into these regions, SHSU is working with affiliated hospital and clinic partners to create Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs (residencies) that will train students in various specialties throughout the region. These residency programs will not only provide for the training of future physicians, but also create an educational focus attractive to physicians currently practicing at the facilities and help with recruitment efforts.
SHSU-COM has enlisted the services of a national consulting firm that specializes in the development of new residency programs. This effort is aiding facilities new to GME to develop programs that meet the needs of their communities. SHSU, as the academic partner in this process, will support the facilities with educational content and help assure sustainability.