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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 Program (FPRP) Advisory Committee convened on February 26, 2014 and approved 56 rural rotation slots for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. In FY 2014, the FPRP funded a Rural Rotation for 41 residents. Board staff does not anticipate that residents will seek funding for more than the available 56 slots for FY 2015. 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.

The application process is as follows:

  1. Resident Applications must be submitted by the program director to the Coordinating Board by August 15, 2014, to be considered for funding. Programs will be notified by August 25, 2014, 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

The Advisory Committee approved funding for three Public Health Rotations for FY 2015.  Residents interested in participating in a Public Health Rotation in FY 2015, must submit the resident application to the Coordinating Board for consideration on or before October 31, 2014.

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