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Preventive Medicine Residency

Preventive Medicine Residency


We are pleased that you are interested in learning about The University of Texas at Tyler’s General Preventive Medicine Residency Program!

Our program received initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in April 2021 and our first residents began July 1, 2022!

The Preventive Medicine Residency program recognizes the importance of public health, population medicine and the necessity of forging vital community linkages to address the many challenges people face in their neighborhoods and cities. Furthermore, we must learn better ways to keep people healthy and not just treat the sick.

Our residency is well situated and strongly supported within the UT Tyler School of Medicine. Our new medical school has a keen focus on the health of populations and of the community. We have strong ties to local and state public health institutions in Texas, to prevention-focused clinical care within the health system and the community, and to significant community-based research in partnership with other health organizations.

Our preventive medicine residency will equip physicians with skills in public health, biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy, environmental health, disease prevention and health promotion. Residents will learn to combine population-based public health skills with prevention-oriented clinical practice to promote the health of individuals and communities. The mission of our program is to increase the number of general preventive medicine physicians who have adequate experience and sufficient competence to enter the workforce without direct supervision, while adding a special focus on training in the preventive health needs of communities to help serve the population of East Texas and beyond.

Residency aims are as follows:

  • Increase the number of board-certified general preventive medicine graduates able to engage in evidence-based and independent practice in various settings in Texas.
  • Expand the resident experience in inter-professional training including leadership skills development, quality improvement and cost awareness.
  • Enhance a robust residency experience in general and rural public health and preventive medicine.

This area of East Texas, also known as the Piney Woods, is among the most beautiful in the state. Anyone who enjoys the outdoors will find plenty of activities to do with the abundant lakes, parks, cycling paths and family recreational activities. Tyler, with a population of just over 100,000, is the hub city for the area, economically and medically. The advent of a new medical school on our campus will only further enhance our leadership role in the community. Locals will tell you that Tyler has most of the amenities of a metropolitan area, without the big-city traffic and hassles. In addition, Dallas is only a short 1.5-hour drive away and easily accessible for those wishing to attend concerts, sporting events or other activities.

We look forward to hearing from interested applicants! Our program will prepare residents for a successful career in general preventive medicine and public health.


Peter Pendergrass, MD, MPH
Program Director

Sarah Lang, MHA, C-TAGME
Residency and Education Program Manager