Combined Internal Medicine/Preventive Medicine Track

The Combined Internal Medicine Track combines resident training in internal medicine and one of our two preventive medicine training programs to produce physicians with broad‐based training in both specialties.

The combined program is designed to prepare the physician for the challenges of preventive medicine and internal medicine in the twenty-first century. The combined residencies will allow physicians to prepare for and sit for both the Preventive Medicine and Internal Medicine Boards. 

The combined program is designed so the requirements for the residencies will be met within a four-year time frame rather than the five it would take to complete each sequentially. The resident will receive a Master of Public Health degree upon successful completion of the preventive medicine academic year.


  • Current ECFMG certification is required for all international graduates
  • Only J1 visas will be sponsored
  • Must not have been away from clinical medicine longer than 2 years
  • A minimum score of 200 is required on the USMLE Part 2 / 500 on COMLEX
  • No more than 3 attempts allowed to pass USMLE/COMLEX
  • At least 6 month of U.S. clinical experience is required (direct or observation) 
  • Must be able to obtain a Texas Physician in Training permit (PIT) from the Texas Medical Board
  • Must meet all admission requirements for UTMB Health's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Additional Aerospace Medicine Requirements

Aerospace medicine applicants must be U.S. Citizens or be a Permanent Resident, and be in good health generally and be able to pass a physical examination (NASA and USAF).


Combined applicants must apply to both the Internal Medicine (categorical) and Preventive Medicine residencies separately. Electronic applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Combined residency applicants will be identified internally. Application to this program will not conflict with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Match. The specific dates for consecutive day interviews will be set forth in a letter of invitation.

Please note that the following items are required to complete the application:
  • Unofficial copies of undergraduate and medical school transcripts
  • Notarized copy of medical school diploma
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Current Letters of Reference (must be current)  
  • Copies of USMLE scores, including Step 1, 2 and Step 3 (if applicable)


Preventive Medicine Residency Programs
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1110

p: (409) 772-5845

Tarah Castleberry, DO, MPH
Tarah Castleberry, DO, MPH
Preventive Medicine Residency Programs

R. Yvette Schulz
Program Manager
Preventive Medicine Residency Programs

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