To promote a well-rounded experience in Preventive Medicine and Public Health Leadership, the DSHS residency program provides exposure to periodic special learning opportunities under the auspices of other institutions or agencies. Residents schedule these early in the residency program to maximize special training opportunities. Funding will determine the number and types of outside opportunities offered.
The residency program follows a self-directed but supervised mode of adult learning. Each resident develops an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) by selecting from the curriculum task lists the components needed to satisfy practicum requirements. Furthermore, residents can elect to complete the program from one of several regional offices locations throughout Texas: Lubbock, El Paso, Austin, Arlington, Houston, Harlingen, Temple, San Antonio, and Tyler. The program director and the resident negotiate the location of the residency during interviews.
DSHS works with various health departments, agencies, and universities to provide additional resources for learning opportunities. The breadth of practice-based learning activities, the external courses, and the experience in other state/regional level organizations collectively deliver a strong complement of exposure to a broad range of public health and preventive medicine issues.
Residents choose from a number of established rotation sites and may work with the program director and administrator to set up elective rotations. Residents complete a minimum of one rotation in each of the following areas: pediatrics, pediatric infectious disease, tuberculosis, and other primary care specialties and public health related subjects. Residents will also participate in workshops on sexual harassment in the work place, cultural sensitivity, bio-terrorism, and other relevant public health issues.