Message from the Director

I am excited to tell you of the merits of residency education at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital. We are the only residency within our hospital, but are also part of the Houston Methodist Graduate Medical Education Department. This gives us an opportunity in Baytown to access many learning opportunities without competition, and access to enhanced learning rotations. Our resident body is diverse, energetic and engaged. We believe in the strength of variety and of having self-directed learners to capitalize on our enhanced learning environment. A number of our residents are single, many are married and some have families so we are dedicated to providing a supportive environment for all to get through the demands of residency. The unifying trait is a desire to work as a team and a dedication to active learning.

We have a group of eight full-time family medicine faculty members who teach in inpatient and outpatient settings with a combined experience of more than a century. We have expertise in clinical care, maternity care and inpatient care, and we are all committed teachers. You will find each of us makes an effort to be available both physically and emotionally. Sound Physicians employs eight full-time hospitalists to provide residents with one-on-one, in-house 24-hour care. Residents are active throughout the hospital, including critical care. Similarly, we work with four pediatricians from Texas Children’s Hospital who supervise the inpatient care of newborns and children here at HMSJ. There are also seven local OB-GYN physicians who provide 24-hour, in-house OB care. Finally, we have a dedicated group of private emergency physicians who excel in teaching residents. Other specialty rotations and services are led by specialists who enjoy teaching and their contact with residents.

Our facility gives us “the best of both worlds.” We are 30 miles from the world-renown Texas Medical Center. If we need the services of a sub-specialist, we can access them here or by referral, yet we enjoy the atmosphere of a hospital that is primary care-oriented. Our location offers an excellent cost of living and many choices of places to live. Approximately half of our residents live within our community, while some choose to commute from Houston or nearby communities.

Legacy Community Health is the federally-qualified health center that is the teaching clinic for the residency. It is attached to the hospital, providing a comprehensive set of outpatient services in an environment where residents are partners with faculty to give comprehensive care. It is part of a network of clinics in Houston and East Texas that are able to offer different services to patients of all means. Each resident is given a laptop to enhance their learning and to document outpatient visits with Centricity, our electronic health record system. Residents learn the patient-centered medical home care model and even have a rotation dedicated to learning office management and process improvement.

A number of words describe our residency: teamwork, support, excitement, humor and high standards of excellence. Residents, staff and even medical students are involved in our continuing improvement toward the stated mission of helping our community. We value feedback and constructive criticism, and encourage active learning at every opportunity, while delivering the finest medical care possible in one of the most volatile industries of our time. If you are chosen to join us, you will have the opportunity to help build on the dream.

Clare Hawkins, MD