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Since 1974, the Family Medicine Residency Program has challenged students to become the best family physicians possible within a supportive, collaborative, family atmosphere. Our graduates have gone on to become local leaders, policy makers, educators, academics, and most importantly, qualified community physicians. Dr. David Wright has been a program leader for the past 24 years. As former Texas Family Physician of the year with numerous awards and professional honors, he epitomizes the commitment our entire faculty shares: providing the highest levels of education and patient care.

Welcome from Dr. Dana Sprute, Program Director

Welcome to the website of the University of Texas Austin Dell Medical School Family Medicine Residency Program. Thank you for your interest and energy to learn more about our residency program, who we are and why we are dedicated to life and learning in Austin, Texas.

Our residency program was established in 1973 and has trained over 250 family physicians. We have established a tradition of providing excellence in clinical training for Family Medicine residents and medical students. Our training is broad and provides an excellent opportunity to develop skills which allow our graduates tremendous choice in practice opportunities.  Alumni work in a variety of settings across the country: public & community health centers, private practice, underserved urban and rural communities, academic medicine, hospitalist medicine, student health, correctional facilities, urgent and emergency care centers. Some graduates elect to do additional fellowship training and have successfully obtained fellowships in academic medicine, geriatrics, hospitalist medicine, obstetrics, palliative care, and sports medicine. 

The faculty are dedicated and passionate about teaching. Each faculty member provides a broad scope of care to their patients and, in addition, brings special areas of interest to their teaching and practices including: women’s health, obstetrical care, pediatrics, psychology, prevention, public health, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B/C treatment, procedural skills, inpatient medicine, practice management and quality improvement.

Our residents are a diverse group of individuals dedicated to their education through working collegially with faculty, fellow residents, students and other learners, providing quality patient care, and devotion to a positive learning environment. They share diverse interests in music, theatre, art, culinary adventures, sports and other recreational activities.

Medical student training is also central to our education mission; we see this as a natural extension of our passion for resident education.   Dell Medical students participate in a two year longitudinal family medicine/primary care rotation in our clinic.  Our program offers rotational experiences for fourth year students in ambulatory and inpatient environments and we are eager to help students create unique experiences that will help prepare them for the rigors of residency and beyond.

Our primary training site is in our FQHC ambulatory center, the CommUnitycare Blackstock Family Health Center, a NCQA Level 3 certificated patient-centered medical home where faculty & residents see patients side by side.  We provide full spectrum family medicine services, including care for acute illness and injury, chronic disease, preventive care, ambulatory procedures, social work services, behavioral health, psychotherapy, nutrition education and pharmacy services.   Our clinic houses an ambulatory pharmacy residency program through UT Austin School of Pharmacy which provides a variety of services including diabetes education and anticoagulation therapy monitoring.

The family medicine residency program has been an integral part of the oldest continually operating public hospital in Texas, a hospital that has pioneered many innovations for Central Texas.  University Medical Center at Brackenridge celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2009.  In May of 2017, the spirit of Brackenridge was transferred to our new teaching hospital; Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas (DSMC-UT) which is a LEED platinum certified facility.   Our beautiful new teaching hospital holds a special place in the heart of the community and continues to grow in several areas, including academic medicine, trauma services, innovative clinical research and initiatives in patient safety.    Our other residency hospital teaching facilities include Dell Children’s Medical Center and Seton Medical Center Austin (SMCA).   SMCA has consistently been recognized for excellence in adult care and was rated No. 1 among 37 acute care hospitals for adults in the Austin metro area on U.S. News & World Report’s highly regarded list of Best Hospitals for 2014-15.  This recognition comes as Central Health, UT Austin Dell Medical School and Seton Healthcare Family work together reshaping the delivery of health care to meet our community’s future needs. 

The medical campus will undergo several exciting changes over the next decade, including the construction of a medical innovation district, expansion of residency and fellowship training and opportunities for social medicine and global health electives.  

Austin is a community that offers an amazing variety of culture, recreation and entertainment. We proudly claim the title “Live Music Capital of the World.” Our city celebrates diversity and many different cultures are represented in the food, music and cultural activities readily available. The City of Austin maintains many public pools, parks and hike & bike trails for the enjoyment of all its residents.

I arrived in Austin in 1993 to begin my residency at the Central Texas Medical Foundation Family Medicine Residency Program (now University of Texas Austin Dell Medical School) and am proud to be part of a long tradition of family medicine education in Austin. The UT Austin DMS Family Medicine residency program has been an integral part of the education of many wonderful family physicians who live, work and contribute so much to our community.

Thank you for visiting with us and taking the time to learn about our program. Please take a few minutes to navigate our site and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Most sincerely,

Dana Sprute, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Associate Professor
Department of Population Health
Division of Family & Community Medicine
University of Texas Austin Dell Medical School