General Medicine Service (University Teaching Service-UTS)

General Facts

  • Throughout the three years of training, each resident spends about 10 months on the UTS.
  • The residents have the opportunity to work with award-winning educators including academic hospitalists and general internists.
  • Residents experience significant autonomy balanced with appropriate supervision and daily teaching by the attending physician.
  • While rotating on UTS, the residents have protected time for educational conferences.
  • We have a dedicated medicine floor to geographically cohort the majority of our UTS patients.
  • Each UTS team has a fully stocked rounding room.

Team Structure

  • We have five teams taking care of all patients admitted to the UTS: Gold, Diamond, Silver, Sapphire and Emerald.
  • Each team, with the exception of Emerald, consists of one teaching attending, one upper-level resident (PGY2 or PGY3), two interns and one or two students.  The Emerald team provides a unique experience in which two upper-level residents (PGY2 or PGY3) run the team with the help of sub-interns (MS4) and a supervising attending.
  • Usually the teams have one categorical medicine intern, plus one intern from neurology, creating an excellent opportunity to exchange knowledge and improve the learning experience.
  • Second- and third-year residents are responsible for teaching, leadership and supervision of interns.

Patient Population

  • The residents have the opportunity to see a wide variety of patients admitted from the ED, ICU, the Primary Care Clinic (PCC), Primary Care Group Clinics (i.e., Bellaire, Pearland), Department of Medicine Subspecialty Clinics and outside hospital transfers.
  • The UTS fosters an optimal learning environment with the opportunity to see patients from various backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses ranging from non-resourced patients presenting with advanced pathology to complex cases referred to Houston Methodist for advanced interventions.
  • The diversity and advanced pathology from patients of all backgrounds is conveniently seen under one roof.


Medical Students

  • Since 2015 Houston Methodist has a partnership with Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and functions as one of their regional campuses, which means that the students spend their entire clinical training at Houston Methodist.  In addition, Houston Methodist has affiliations with Weill Cornell Medical College and University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.
  • In 2018 Houston Methodist and Texas A&M started EnMed, an innovative engineering medical school program to train "physicianeers".
  • Throughout the 3 years of residency training, trainees are given a vast opportunity to teach medical students in a multitude of rotations.
  • Medical students rotating on UTS are either completing their Clerkship or Acting Internship.
  • Medical students are key members of our UTS care team.
  • The responsibility to teach second, third and fourth-year medical students rotating through UTS develops the resident's teaching skills throughout the training period.