Program Director Welcome

PD Welcome Letter:

Welcome to the Texas A&M University/Baylor Scott and White Internal Medicine Residency website!  We are glad you are interested in our program and hope you consider interviewing with us.  I am a graduate of the program myself and have been part of the administration since residency.  I am very proud of our program and I’d like to highlight a few important things about us.

We are a medium-sized Internal Medicine program with 21 categorical residents per year.  We are located in Temple, Texas that has a population of 76,000.  We do most of our rotations in the at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center, which is a 626-bed tertiary/quaternary care center.  The rest of our rotations are done in the Central Texas VA Health Center in Temple, which is a little more than a mile away from the Medical Center.  The combination of these two training sites highlights the experience of a very large medical system in a medium-sized city.  The commute to work is quick and the majority of our residents own homes due to the affordable cost of living in Temple.  It is a fantastic place to work and train.

If you were to ask the residents and medical students here the biggest feature of our program and institution it would be the camaraderie and people here.  We strive to provide and a fun learning environment so that all learners can excel and reach their full potential both clinically and in leadership.  Everyone works together as a team to accomplish the goals of learning and patient care.  The best educational and work environment is the one where you enjoy the people you work with because it helps everyone to learn easier and help one another.  Every person on the team participates strongly in the care of the patients and education of the team.  You will form friendships and bonds that will last long after residency.

Considering everyone has different interests and plans in their lives, we strive to provide the broadest Internal Medicine learning we can so that you are prepared for whatever the next step may be.  We offer the majority of Internal Medicine fellowships so that you can get “fellow-level” education while rotating with those specialties.  This also gives you the chance to see if you would like to do these specialties and what the fellow experience is like.  We operate on a 4+1 block schedule system so you will have your own continuity clinic and patients.  By the end of the PGY3 year you will be confident in both inpatient and outpatient medicine.  During this time, residents also participate in an ultrasound curriculum that teaches bedside point-of-care ultrasound in person and online that increases the residents comfort in ultrasound use and interpretation.

We are also one of the very few places in the United States that offers the Lifestyle Medicine Residency Curriculum as an optional opportunity.  This curriculum educates residents on evidence-based lifestyle changes that can help patients prevent and reverse chronic diseases.  It also teaches you how to effectively coach your patients into healthy lifestyle changes.  At the end of this curriculum you will be eligible to sit for the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine exam.

We really appreciate your interest in our program and hope you learn what you need from the website.  Especially, in this interview season we want to make sure all of our applicants know as much as they can about the program.  Please explore our website and we hope to hear from you soon.  Good luck in the interview season!

Sincerely,

Austin Metting, MD

Program Director