Graduate Medical Education and DIO

Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (SHSU-COM) is committed to training future physicians for practice in areas of physician workforce shortage.  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 and Graduate Medical Education

 In order to serve the population of east Texas, new residency training programs must be created.  Physicians tend to settle within 100 miles of where they completed their residency so the creation of new residency programs in the region is crucial to SHSU-COM’s mission.

GME Development is a time-consuming process that ensures the trainee receives the highest quality educational experience while preserving the highest quality of care for each and every patient. SHSU-COM’s Department of Graduate Medical Education has been established to identify opportunities for GME growth and provide expertise, shared resources, and academic oversight to new and developing residency programs.

If you are a hospital or healthcare institution and are interested in learning more, please contact Marsha Sellner, Assistant Dean for GME, SHSU-COM DIO.

Marsha Sellner |
Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education, Designated Institutional Official


Family Medicine Residency

Director's Welcome

Thank you for your interest in the Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine/Huntsville Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency (ACGME Program Code: 1204800008; NRMP Program Code: 2291120C0). This program has been granted ACGME Initial Accreditation. In short, this program aims to train physicians to serve the population of rural East Texas. This aligns with the mission of Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the motto of SHSU, “The Measure of a Life is its Service.” HMH FMR will continue to grow to a 4-4-4 program (12 total residents through three years of training) in the coming years.

Huntsville Memorial Hospital is a Joint Commission-accredited, not-for-profit 98-bed acute care community hospital delivering quality care to the residents of Walker County and its surrounding communities since 1927. The Huntsville Memorial Rural Health Clinic will house the HMH Family Medicine Residency Clinic, conveniently located less than a mile from the hospital site and currently has over 13,000 annual patient visits with services including Family Medicine, OBGYN, comprehensive Women’s Health, and minor emergency care with onsite laboratory and X-Ray. Residents will learn the foundations of practicing primary care for all who call a rural community their home.

If you would like more information about HMH FMR, please fill out the form below. Again, I sincerely thank you for your interest in our program.

Townes R. "Tucker" Leigh, Jr, DO, CAQSM, FAAFP

Program Director, SHSU-COM/Huntsville Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency

Head Medical Team Physician, Sam Houston Bearkats
Assistant Professor, Department of Primary Care and Clinical Medicine

Huntsville Family Medicine Block Schedule