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Clerkships

  • Emergency Medicine

    Inspiring, mentoring and guiding students to become outstanding Physicians is our passion! During your clerkship, you will rotate in our emergency department (ED) and care for undifferentiated patients from all areas of society on the worst day of their life. Rotating with a dozen fellow students, we have created flipped classroom didactic sessions focusing on small group interactive modules that will keep you engaged. Simulation experiences are a highlight of our rotation that will push you to your limits while having fun managing creative cases. In our time together, you will be challenged to more deeply understand concepts, identify and fill gaps on your pathway to become an expert clinician in what we hope is your most challenging and meaningful experience in medical school. Don’t just take our word for it, here are some comments from our students.

    -“By far the most educational and hands-on experience I've had in all my years of medical school.”
    -“Outstanding clerkship. It has been my favorite …”

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    Scott Wieters, M.D.
    Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director
    (254) 724-0884
    Scott.Wieters@BSWHealth.org

    Carla Owens
    Clerkship Coordinator
    (254) 724-0884

  • Family Medicine

    Family Medicine Chairman Welcome

    The Scott & White Department of Family Medicine has been serving the healthcare needs of Central Texans since 1978. In most of our clinical sites, we provide family medicine care to patients of all ages. One of our goals is to educate our medical students in this broad specialty and to have them share in the challenges and rewards of family practice. We now have more than 130 family physicians in the department who practice and teach the principles of family medicine to medical students, residents and other healthcare professionals. Our commitment to excellence in patient care and the education of medical students and residents keeps our faculty at the top of their game practicing cutting-edge medicine.

    We offer a comprehensive four-year program for students of family medicine. The academic affiliation we have with Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine enriches the learning environment in our 600+ bed primary teaching hospital in Temple, Texas, as well as in the regional clinics. This relationship with a major university positively impacts the clinicians in their office practices where many of them regularly have medical students accompanying them.

    We also have an active division of research, headed by a full time director of research. Our practice based research network (PBRN) has 70+ physicians, nurses, family medicine residents and medical students involved in family medicine research activities.

    Please explore the department web pages to learn more about our vibrant organization.

    Michael D. Reis, M.D.
    Chairman,
    Department of Family Medicine


    Marc Via, M.D.
    Family Medicine Clerkship Director
    (254) 771-7707
    Marc.Via@BSWHealth.org

    Jennifer Little
    Family Medicine Clerkship Coordinator
    (254) 771-7707
    Jennifer.Little@BSWHealth.org

  • Internal Medicine

    Lisa Forrester, M.D., Ph.D.
    Internal Medicine Clerkship Director
    Lisa.Forrester@BSWHealth.org

    Dr. Forrester received a B.S. in Biology from Auburn University Montgomery in 1994.  She received a Ph. D. in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University in 2002 for her work in Eukaryotic  transcription. She completed postdoctoral research at Texas A&M University studying genomics. She received her M.D. from UAB School of Medicine in 2006 and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Scott & White Healthcare, Texas A&M Health Science Center in 2009.  She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a current practicing physician at the Center for Diagnostic Medicine as well as Scott & White Memorial Hospital. She completed a primary care fellowship at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in 2012. She served as Associate Clerkship Director from 2011 and became Clerkship Director in 2016. Her interests include preventative health care and Interprofessional Education.

    Mike. J. McNeal, M.D.
    Internal Medicine Clerkship Director
    Michael.McNeal@BSWHealth.org

    Dr. McNeal received a BA in Computer Science from the University of North Texas and went on to get a MS in Information Systems form the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.  He enjoyed a previous career of ten years in the computer programming industry.  Dr. McNeal received his M.D. from Texas A&M Health Science Center in 2010.  His honors include being inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha as well as the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He then completed Internal Medicine residency at Scott & White Healthcare, Texas A&M Health Science Center in 2013.  During residency he was chosen as the Intern of the Year for the residency in 2011.  He served as a Chief Resident in 2013-2014 and was later chosen by the residents to receive the Eugene Gowan, III Teaching Award for Outstanding Internist 2016.  He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is currently a practicing physician at the Center of Diagnostic Medicine and Scott & White Medical Center Hospital.  Dr. McNeal also enjoys incorporating his information technology background with his medical skills and currently spends 1 day per week working with the Project Phoenix team on the Baylor Scott & White electronic medical record.  He has served as Core Faculty for the Internal Medicine Residency since 2014 and as Associate Clerkship Director for Texas A&M College of Medicine since 2016.  His interests include primary care, hospital medicine, and informatics.

    Martha Chandler
    Internal Medicine Clerkship Coordinator
    254-724-2607
    Martha.Chandler@BSWHealth.org

  • Obstetrics & Gynecology

    Welcome to the Ob/Gyn Clerkship!  We are so excited to have you in our department.  The next six weeks are a very important part of your medical education.  Regardless of your final career choice, a basic knowledge of understanding of human reproduction and women’s health care will be essential to your practice. This learning experience in the health care needs of women will also further develop and enhance your professionalism and increase your patient interaction and communication skills.

    During this course, we encourage you to show initiative and interest, get involved and quickly become part of the “team” to make the most of every clinical situation in order to maximize your learning experience.

    We want you to learn, to enjoy your rotation, and help us provide quality care to our patients.  It is our hope that your experience with us will help you to become a better physician and hopefully spark an interest in making OB/Gyn your career choice!

    Belinda Kohl-Thomas, MD
    Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
    Clerkship Director
    Belinda.KohlThomas@BSWHealth.org

    Belinda M. Kohl-Thomas, MD, FACOG is a Clinical Associate Professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas A&M University and Scott &White Medical Center.  She graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Biomedical Science.  She completed her MD at Texas A&M as well.  After graduation, she completed her internship and residency in OB/Gyn at Scott and White in Temple Texas.  Dr. Kohl-Thomas’s clinical practice is in general Obstetrics and Gynecology with a strong focus in Obstetrics.  She is very interested in both UME and GME and has been the clerkship Director for Ob/Gyn since 2009.  Her husband, Dr. Scott Thomas, is a Colon and Rectal surgeon and they have three sons.  She spends her free time with her family and watching their children’s activities.

    Kelly Ray
    OB/GYN Clerkship Coordinator
    254-724-2574
    Kelly.Ray@BSWHealth.org

  • Pediatrics

    Welcome to Pediatrics!

    This Clerkship is designed to provide a top notch experience into the world of Pediatrics. You will be given the opportunity to use the general pediatric knowledge you have already learned throughout your basic science studies and apply this knowledge to clinical experiences with pediatric patients. We have several clinical sites with excellent physicians and residents that give you the best experience possible and love to teach!

    The Pediatric Clerkship is a six-week course that provides an experience in the outpatient and inpatient settings, Nursery, and a Specialty rotation. It is important for students to fully recognize that six weeks will pass by quickly. With that being said, students should keep their focus on the pediatric cases that are presented, reading material, and the clinical experiences themselves.

    The current curriculum for Pediatrics reflects input from many sources: Texas A&M medical students, residents, pediatric teaching faculty and national medical student education trends from the Council On Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP) (www.comsep.org). The intention of the clerkship is to always provide an interactive, informative course. Student participation and interaction in forums, teaching rounds, evidence-based presentations, and case presentations are essential to better understand clinical presentations of illnesses, treatment options, and relevance of basic science material.

    During your time with us, there is much to see, do, and learn. Course information for the Pediatric Clerkship can be found at https://tamhsc.one45.com/one.php for availability. The course administrators and directors are here for you to ask questions.

    Again, welcome!
    Temple Campus Pediatric Education Team


    Rachel Dawson, D.O., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.
    Pediatrics Clerkship Director
    Rachel.Dawson@BSWHealth.org

    Dr. Dawson is originally from Brazil, she completed her Bachelor in Biology at the University of Texas at Arlington, then entered Nova Southeastern University for medical school in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She joined the military while in medical school and did Pediatric residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., subsequently completing her fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. She served one tour in Iraq while on active duty and was the last doctor leaving Iraq in 2011 during the drawdown of troops. Dr. Dawson has completed numerous mission trips to places such as Honduras, Belize, Nicaragua, and Mexico. She has extensive experience with immunization advocacy and education. She served as the Chief of Adolescent Medicine Services at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Ft. Hood while on active duty as her last assignment improving the health of adolescents in the military community by instituting new measures related to confidentiality and reproductive health for teens. She serves as the Shot@Life Global Vaccine Advocacy Champion where she has trained other physician advocates and met with Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn and Congressman John Carter to address global vaccine efforts. Since 2014, she has successfully managed multiple grant awards (AAP and CATCH) to promote adolescent immunization and patient centered medical homes through community school partnerships. She sits on numerous committees to include member-at-large for the Uniformed Services West Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, member of the vaccine sub-committee and advocacy committee for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, and is the secretary-treasurer of the Texas Chapter of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine to promote adolescent wellness.

    Kristen Randolph, M.S.H.E.
    Pediatrics Clerkship Coordinator
    254-935-5008
    Kristen.Randolph@BSWHealth.org

     

  • Psychiatry

    Psychiatry is the branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.  Like the other specialties you will rotate through, it is both an applied science and a craft, or art.  Psychiatry is a unique mixture of neurobiology and psychology.  Your experiences during this clerkship will afford you the luxury to spend time with patients and really get to know them, as well as give the opportunity to examine yourself and your reactions.

    Many students begin this clinical rotation with some degree of trepidation.  Sometimes this is related to preconceptions about psychiatry or mentally ill patients.  You will find that persons who suffer from mental illness are people, just like you and me.  Also, you may ask yourself “Why do I need to learn about Psychiatry?”  Here are some reasons:

    • Psychiatric disorders, (for example, depression, anxiety and substance abuse) are very common. The majority of people suffering from these conditions do not seek help from a mental health provider, but do see physicians in primary care and other specialties.
    • The time you spend on your psychiatry clerkship will help develop and hone your patient-interviewing skills. You will become more aware of the complexities of the doctor-patient relationship.  This should benefit you regardless of which field of medicine you pursue.
    • To gain an appreciation of the importance of psychological and social factors and how these affect and interact with the physical, biological aspects of patients. A physician who is able to understand and integrate the “biopsychosocial” dimensions of his or her patients is way ahead of the game, and will deliver better patient care.

    So, buckle up and enjoy your journey into the realm of psychiatry.  Please do not hesitate to discuss any concerns or questions with your attendings or with me.  Our department’s goal is for you to have a positive, academically-fulfilling experience on this clinical clerkship.

    Phil Antunes, M.D.
    Clerkship Director
    Phillip.Antunes@BSWHealth.org

    Phil Antunes, M.D, is the Psychiatry Clerkship Director for the Temple Campus of Texas A&M COM.  Dr. Antunes is a life-long native of Temple, TX.  He graduated from Temple High School in 1983 and then received his Undergraduate Degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX in 1989.  He then received his Medical Degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, TX in 1993.   Dr. Antunes was the very first psychiatry resident at Texas A&M – Scott & White where he completed his residency in 1997.  He has been the Clerkship Director of the Temple Campus for several years.  Dr. Antunes is married to his wonderful wife, Beckie, and has two sons, Preston and Connor.  Dr. Antunes is passionate about teaching and music.  His faith in Jesus Christ is essentially important to him.  He also enjoys etymology, history and sports.

    Tina Miller
    Psychiatry Clerkship Coordinator
    254-724-3874
    Tina.Miller@BSWHealth.org

     

  • Surgery

    The required 8 week third-year clerkship taught by the Department of Surgery at all clinical campuses is designed to expose students to the basic principles of surgery through a personalized, comprehensive, high quality experience. The student will be appropriately supervised in the pre-operative evaluation, operative procedures and post-operative care of all surgical patients. This will be accomplished by participating in the hospital ward work, operating room and in the outpatient clinic. This type of participation will enable the student to follow the patient through the complete process of diagnosis, management and outcome. The goal is to enable each student regardless of their chosen field, to be knowledgeable with the diagnosis and management of a surgical patient. Students are instructed in basic techniques used in surgery.

    Major emphasis is given to the principles of wound healing, fluid and electrolyte balance, the introduction to specific surgical diseases, multi-system trauma, inflammatory responses and malignancy. Ward rounds and the assignment of patients to students offer an opportunity for preoperative evaluation, postoperative management and the acquisition of sound surgical judgement. Lectures, subspecialty seminars and surgical grand rounds provide students the opportunity to enhance their abilities in the surgical field. Simulation activities are designed to allow invasive procedure practice and team training in a low pressure, clinical environment. Participation in the operating room, postoperative management, in house call and case presentations help to complete the total surgical experience and provide continuity of care. Elective opportunities are available during the third year experience and are similar to the electives available during the fourth year rotation.

    Students are evaluated by faculty and house staff (where applicable) through both an oral examination and a standardized written exam.

    The fourth year elective program allows further exposure to all aspects of surgical disciplines.

    Danny Little, M.D.
    Surgery Clerkship Director
    Danny.Little@BSWHealth.org

    Dr. Dan Little graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 1999. He subsequently completed his general surgery residency at Scott and White Memorial Hospital in 2004 and critical care fellowship at Children's Mercy Hospital (Kansas City, Missouri) in 2005. Further specialty training in pediatric surgery was completed at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis in 2007. Before returning to Scott and White as senior faculty member in 2009, Dr. Little was employed at Arkansas Children's Hospital where he began his pediatric surgery career, sought additional training in burn surgery, and oversaw the surgery clerkship for third year students. Currently, Dr. Little serves as the surgery clerkship director in Temple and clerkship coordinator for all clinical sites. Additional areas of interest include mentoring medical students with research interests, directing McLane Children's Hospital trauma program, and supporting further growth and innovation at McLane’s through his role as Surgeon in Chief.

     

    Terri Okun
    Surgery Clerkship Coordinator
    254-935-4934
    Terri.Okun@BSWHealth.org

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