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Family Medicine Rural and Public Health Rotation Program

The Texas Legislature established the Rural Rotation program in 1989 and added Public Health rotations in 1997. It is statutorily mandated that all accredited Texas family practice residency programs provide residents with an opportunity to participate in a one-month rotation in a rural or public health setting.

Rural and public health rotations are supported by Family Practice Residency program funds, as required by a rider in the Appropriations Act. Both the participating resident and the residency program receive funding under the program. However, the rural and public health supervisors serve as volunteers and are not compensated for their services.

Rural Rotation Program Application Process

Based on Coordinating Board staff recommendations, the Family Practice Residency Advisory Committee (FPRAC) convened on July 8, 2015, and approved 45 rural rotation slots for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. The FPRAC also approved an increase in the rural rotation grants from $2,000 to $2,500 per rotation. Residents interested in participating in a Rural Rotation in FY 2016, must submit the resident application to the Coordinating Board for consideration on or before August 14, 2015.

In FY 2015, the FPRP funded a Rural Rotation for 31 residents. Board staff does not anticipate that residents will seek funding for more than the available 45 slots for FY 2016. However, should this be the case, the Board staff will implement a lottery system to select residents for funding. This lottery approach has been implemented in previous years and will allow residents interested in completing a rural rotation an opportunity to seek funding. Staff will notify residency program directors which residents have been selected for funding by August 28, 2015.

The application process is as follows:

  1. Resident Applications must be submitted by the program director to the Coordinating Board by August 14, 2015, to be considered for funding. Programs will be notified by August 28, 2015, which residents have been selected for funding. Please see the Rural Rotation Guidelines for additional information.
  2. However, if a resident is interested in participating in a rotation regardless of funding, they must indicate this on the application and submit all required documentation.
  3. All forms will be submitted by the program director via email to the Coordinating Board staff at familypractice@thecb.state.tx.us.
  4. At the conclusion of each rural rotation, the resident, resident supervisor, and program director must complete the necessary evaluations of the rotation. The evaluation forms are available online. All evaluations must be submitted before funding will be released.

Program Information and Forms

Program Evaluation Forms

Please complete all evaluations and acquire the appropriate signatures for each evaluation. To submit, scan and PDF the copies of all evaluations and email them to familypractice@thecb.state.tx.us. All evaluations must be submitted before funding will be released.

The administrative changes have been implemented to streamline program administration, increase program response time, and enhance data collection. Additionally, these changes will allow the Coordinating Board to monitor participating residents as they complete their training and begin their family medicine practices. This will lead to a better understanding of the impact of this program on the Texas physician workforce.

If you have questions or require additional information about the Family Medicine Resident Rural Rotation Program, please contact:

Suzanne Pickens
Program Director
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Workforce Academic Affairs and Research Division
familypractice@thecb.state.tx.us

The Advisory Committee also approved funding for three Public Health Rotations for FY 2016 at $2,000 per rotation. Residents interested in participating in a Public Health Rotation in FY 2016, must submit the resident application to the Coordinating Board for consideration on or before December 4, 2015.


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