Message from Dr. Gibson, Assistant Dean

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The state of Texas has a critical need for physicians in rural and underserved areas. The vision of the Office of Rural Medical Education at The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine is to inspire and train a new generation of young physicians for primary care, especially Family Medicine, for rural Texas.

Since its inception in 1970, The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine has emphasized community based training with physicians throughout Texas being an integral part of our students’ clinical education. The Rural program at UNTHSC has recruited and trained family medicine faculty throughout Texas and has formed a network of teaching sites that provides students with ‘front line’ training and experience.  In addition, we have identified specialty physicians in rural towns around Texas to help serve as clinical instructors for third and fourth year clerkships..

The Office of Rural Medicine Education offers the innovative, in-depth, Rural Scholars Program to prepare students for the practice of medicine in a rural environment. Participation in this program is competitive and is designed specifically for those students committed to establishing a foundation for a future practice serving rural and underserved populations.  In addition, we believe the addition of intensive and clinically robust international experiences will add even more clinical skills and inspire our students to higher levels of commitment to serve the underserved.

With the current emphasis in Medical Education on competency based assessment and Entrustable Professional Activities, we expect our students to achieve not only the expected competencies of the regular TCOM curriculum but enter highly competitive residencies with attitudes, competencies, and skills superior to their peers.

We are pleased to be an integral part of educating high caliber physicians to help build a strong infrastructure for healthcare for rural Texas and to “create solutions for healthier rural communities.”


John O. Gibson, MD
Assistant Dean of Rural Medical Education





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