A five-member team of Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) students finished in second place out of seven Texas medical schools at the inaugural Shift 2018 – Texas Health Challenges Case Competition at Texas A&M College of Medicine.
The event, held Sept. 22-23, aimed to develop innovative solutions to improve health care delivery in rural Texas.
The PLFSOM students’ solution proposed a network of community health care centers that worked with local high schools and churches to connect small-town hospitals to a broader network of Texas medical schools. The plan incorporated telemedicine and rotating specialty services.
The second-place award brought not only pride to a team representing one of the youngest medical schools in Texas, but also a $3,000 cash prize.
“We were absolutely thrilled,” third-year PLFSOM student Jacob Winters said of his team’s performance. “We were most proud of the fact that we were able to represent our school, to put our school’s name out there, and to give a testament of the strength of our education.”
Members of the TTUHSC El Paso team included fourth-year medical students Brandy Mills and Alex Palmer, third-year medical students Brittany Harper and Winters, and second-year medical student Roxann Lerma.
The team’s Shift 2018 presentation can be viewed below.