The UNT Health Science Center offers its medical students the unique opportunity to improve the health of Texans across the state in even the most remote areas through the Rural Osteopathic Medical Education of Texas (ROME) program.
ROME was designed to combine the exceptional medical education offered by the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine with the skills unique to a rural Texas physician.
The overall goals of the ROME curriculum are to:
- Give students experiences that prepare them for practice in rural medicine
- Help students build a foundation for professional and personal life in a rural community
- Prepare the graduate for acceptance into premier graduate medical education programs
Special features of ROME include:
- Training in specialty areas needed for rural practice
- Real-world experience training alongside practicing rural physicians
- Telemedicine training to prepare physicians to extend their practices and maintain their professional expertise electronically to improve the quality of care available to rural patients
By taking courses in rural medicine, ROME students receive advanced education in:
- clinical skills
- public health and preventive medicine
- environmental medicine
- health policy
- community medicine
- critical care medicine
ROME students train at sites in 27 different rural communities in as many counties in Texas, including Bastrop, Cuero, Eagle Lake, Goliad, La Feria, San Saba, Tulia, and others.