Interim Chair

John P. Erwin, III, M.D.

Department Information

The basic mission of the Department of Internal Medicine is to produce broad-based, well-prepared, undifferentiated physicians. The program of instruction is designed to develop clinical skills and problem solving abilities. A holistic approach to the patient is emphasized. The need for perpetual scholarship on the part of the physician is stressed and attention is given to reported clinical investigation and evidence-based medicine.


Components of the department's program include instruction in physical diagnosis (first year), pathophysiology and clinical presentation of disease (second year) and basic patient management (third year). Active patient care on one of several general medical wards and teaching outpatient clinics is an integral part of the required third-year clerkship.

Fourth-year electives in general medicine and the subspecialties, a required clerkship in neurology and a required primary care subinternship are supervised by the department.

Contact Information

Department of Internal Medicine
The Texas A&M Health Science Center - College of Medicine
Scott & White Hospital
2401 South 31st Street
Temple, TX 76508

Academic Offices

Chairman's Office
Phone: 254-724-2367
Fax: 254-724-2786

Residency Office
Phone: 254-724-2364
Fax: 254-724-4079

Student Education Office
Phone: 254-724-2607
Fax: 254-0617