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Primary Care Track

Based in the Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Austin Outpatient Clinic, the Internal Medicine Primary Care Track provides an education focused in outpatient care while taking care of the nation’s veterans and other complex populations. The track trains excellent primary care general internists to be leaders and innovators who provide evidenced-based, socially responsible care.

The program provides diverse outpatient clinical training, individualized mentoring, hands-on experience in quality improvement and comprehensive didactics in ambulatory clinical topics, evidence-based medicine and social determinants of health.

If you are interested in learning more about the Primary Care Track, please contact the program director.

Program Director: Robin Reister, M.D.


Compared with their categorical counterparts, the Primary Care Track residents’ training schedule includes added outpatient rotations and experiences. Primary care months allow each resident to rotate through different fields of internal medicine to experience care in additional settings while maintaining their regular continuity clinics.

Care settings include:

  • Community Clinic: continuity clinic experience at CommUnityCare’s Southeast Health and Wellness Center, which is one clinic in a network of Federally Qualified Health Centers;
  • Out of the Clinic Care: home-based primary care and outreach for people experiencing homelessness;
  • High-Yield Clinic: dermatology, musculoskeletal medicine and neurology;
  • Walk-In/Inter-Visit: walk-ins and walk-ins specifically for people experiencing homelessness;
  • Women’s Health: treating issues including contraception, menopause and incontinence in an OB-GYN clinic at CommUnityCare’s East Austin location.

During the clinic week, primary care residents join their categorical resident cohorts for all didactics and rotations. These weeks follow an inpatient block and look similar to the primary care block.

Block Schedule

  • Wards: 4 blocks
  • Primary Care Month: 3 blocks
  • ICU: 1 blocks
  • Emergency Medicine: 1 block
  • Night Float: 1 float
  • Total Ambulatory Weeks: 22
  • Wards: 2 blocks
  • Primary Care Month: 4 blocks
  • ICU: 1 block
  • Neurology: 1 block
  • Elective: 2 blocks
  • Night Float: PRN
  • Total Ambulatory Weeks: 26
  • Wards: 2 blocks
  • Primary Care Month: 4 blocks
  • ICU: 1 block
  • Elective: 2 blocks
  • Night Float: PRN
  • Behavioral Medicine/Psychiatry: 1 block
  • Total Ambulatory Weeks: 26


Distinction Program for Care Transformation

Primary Care Track residents participate in the Distinction Program for Care Transformation curriculum that includes design thinking, quality improvement, leadership, academic scholarship and care transformation. The curriculum also includes dedicated mentorship for projects in quality improvement, health care value and/or population health.

Primary Care Clinical Topics

Primary care faculty and sub-specialists discuss comprehensive clinical topics during morning and noon conferences as well as the Academic Half-Day curriculum.

Quality Improvement

Quality improvement is a strong part of the curriculum, allowing residents to have hands-on experience to evaluate current processes and brainstorm opportunities for change. The schedule includes a protected half-day every clinic week to work on quality improvement projects and teaching.

Evidence-Based Medicine

The program provides a longitudinal curriculum in EBM including an epidemiology theme block, Outpatient Journal Club and ambulatory med ed elective.

Social Determinants of Health

Residents address social determinants of health through curriculum components regarding people who are LGBTQIA+, people experiencing homelessness, behavioral health and military veterans’ health. Primary care residents participate in health policy month, where they learn about health systems and advocacy.