Sidney C. Ontai, M.D., MBA


Howdy! We’re excited you’re considering a career in Family Medicine. With the looming, revolutionary change in physician reimbursement, from "fee for service" to "pay for performance," Family Medicine is perfectly positioned to lead healthcare in the United States for the foreseeable future. Preventive, continuous, coordinated care, with patient-centered, personalized medicine that integrates spiritual, family and community resources—these key factors that policy makers now recognize improve outcomes, in fact always have been at the heart of Family Medicine. Texas A&M University faculty have consciously designed our new residency within the DeTar Healthcare System to address these rapidly evolving trends. Our program aims to use state-of-the-art conceptual and technological advances to promote the traditional values of Family Medicine.

Family physician William T. DeTar established DeTar Hospital with his son, Dr. Webb DeTar, in Victoria in 1925, after having practiced family medicine in Victoria for 30 years. A century later, DeTar Healthcare System, now a two-hospital campus with a total of 304 beds, carries on the tradition of full spectrum family medical care with the only medical residency program in Victoria, which enjoys the enthusiastic support of its 200+ physician multi-specialty staff, including the heart transplant surgical team based out of University of Texas/Memorial Hermann in Houston. Among many other things, our residents will be trained in operative obstetrics and management of mechanically ventilated ICU patients, as well as global health rotations, primary care telemedicine to rural West Texas, and management of student-run, free clinics for the homeless and abused. We expect our educational experience to equip graduates to usefully and competently contribute to the healthcare of any patient, for any condition, anywhere on earth.

Please contact us to schedule a rotation or visit with us, as this is the best way to really understand what Family Medicine is all about. We want to help you navigate the complex process of selecting the right residency program.

- Sidney C. Ontai, M.D., MBA