“The tracks offer students unparalleled access to resources worthy of an academic health sciences center, such as interprofessional educational activities, a robust digital clinical library, and opportunities for nursing students to engage with other health profession students in medicine and the biomedical sciences,” said Michael Scott, D.N.P., R.N., associate dean of academic programs in the GGHSON.
During the ceremony, the graduates will be presented with a nursing pin by a person of their choosing, usually a friend or family member. The time-honored tradition is a symbol of newly graduated nurses entering the nursing profession.
This year’s graduating class represents a spectrum of age groups, with graduates ranging from 21 to 43 years old.
Twenty-one percent of the class is male and 79 percent is female, and three graduates are veterans.
The two GGHSON programs are unique to the Borderland because they offer a hybrid educational model — some courses are online and others are conducted in-person. Students in the GGHSON also benefit from interprofessional collaboration.
This is the seventh pinning ceremony for the GGHSON since TTUHSC El Paso became a standalone university in 2013.
What: Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON) commencement and pinning ceremony
The event, held at the Medical Education Building (MEB) lawn at 5001 El Paso Drive, will offer a free light show, food and festivities for El Paso families.
The light show — presented by the same team behind the famous Fred Loya holiday light show — will wow the crowd. Soon after, TTUHSC El Paso’s seasonal campus lights will be turned on for the first time.
Special guests will include Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, the Grinch, Cindy Lou Who and the Snowflake Princesses from the movie “Frozen.”
Photo booths will provide free photos with Santa Claus and all the other special guests.
Crave Kitchen and Bar and Hillside Donuts will provide treats and apple cider. All activities will be free, including parking in campus lots.
What: Cookies, Cocoa and Holiday Cheer
When: 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 | Note: Light show will begin about 7 p.m.
Where: Medical Education Building (MEB) lawn, 5001 El Paso Drive
The second-edition textbook is titled Cardiovascular Catheterization and Intervention: A Textbook of Coronary, Peripheral, and Structural Heart Disease. Text updates focus on cardiovascular catheterization, the process of placing a long, thin tube through an artery or vein. The procedure may be used for diagnostic purposes or heart disease treatments, such as stent placement.
TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A., who is also a practicing cardiologist, and Debabrata Mukherjee, M.D., chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, are the book’s primary medical editors. The two are recognized as international leaders in the field of cardiology based on their extensive knowledge of cardiovascular medicine.
“I am honored to have participated in the development of this book,” said Dr. Lange. “The field of cardiovascular medicine is constantly advancing. I truly hope this updated text helps current and future cardiologists continue honing their skills to provide patients with quality clinical treatment when it comes to heart disease.”
Dr. Mukherjee added, “This new edition focuses on tailoring treatment to individual patients or patient-centered care, taking into account specific risk factors and comorbidities, appropriate use of devices and very importantly, patient preferences.”
To date, nearly 2,000 copies of the first edition have been sold, with 70 percent of the total sales made in England and Europe and 30 percent in the U.S. and Asian markets. The book publisher, Taylor and Francis Group, anticipates similar, if not higher, sales for this latest edition.
Dr. Lange has served as president of the American Heart Association Texas affiliate and is an active clinical investigator. He has published more than 300 journal articles and book chapters related to ischemic heart disease, valvular heart disease and congenital heart disease. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals, as well as several national guideline committees.
Dr. Mukherjee is the chief of cardiovascular medicine at TTUHSC El Paso. He has been invited to lecture at several major national and international meetings; authored over 500 publications; edited 18 textbooks; and written more than 100 textbook chapters on cardiovascular diseases. He has also coauthored several national cardiology guidelines.
Those interested in purchasing a copy of the textbook can visit CRC Press.
“A League of Their Own” will be shown at sundown Friday; Red Raider Reels kicked off Friday, September 15 with a screening of the 2016 animated comedy “SING.”
The movie screenings will continue every Friday evening until the final showing October 13.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket, picnic chairs, snacks, and drinks. Free pizza will be provided on a first come, first served basis, and popcorn will be for available for a small donation. Alcohol, glass containers, and pets are prohibited.
Red Raider Reels will kick off at sundown Friday, Sept. 15 with a screening of the 2016 animated comedy “SING.” The movie screenings will continue every Friday evening until the final showing Oct. 13.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket, picnic chairs, snacks, and drinks. Free pizza will be provided on a first come, first served basis, and popcorn will be for available for a small donation. Alcohol, glass containers, and pets are prohibited. Parking is available at the lot east of the lawn.
Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso’s Veronique Masterson brings you this edition of Tech Talk.
Today, Veronique revisits the always-emotional white coat ceremony for Paul L. Foster School of Medicine students, again held this year at the historic Plaza Theatre.
Students in the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM)’s class of 2021 received their first white coats during a special ceremony last Saturday. The momentous event marked the beginning of the journey toward becoming a physician for each of the 103 new first-year medical students.
The White Coat Ceremony is a traditional rite of passage for fledgling medical students and signifies their acceptance into the medical field. In addition to donning a white coat for the first time, the students recited an oath acknowledging their roles as future health care providers.
The ceremony celebrated not only the hard work and discipline it took to be admitted to medical school, but also underscored the importance of humanism in medicine.
Ricardo Salazar, M.D., a physician and clinical researcher in the Department of Psychiatry, will host the session in honor of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.
Dr. Salazar will take questions from viewers about the symptoms and stages of Alzheimer’s disease, treatment, prevention, caregiving, and anything else viewers would like to know about the neurodegenerative disorder.
Dr. Salazar specializes in geriatric psychiatry, neurodegenerative disorders, and emergency psychiatry. His research interests include Alzheimer’s disease in the Hispanic population and the neurobiology of brain function.
Dr. Salazar received his M.D. from the Pontificia Bolivariana University in Columbia and later completed a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Participants are encouraged to submit their questions to Dr. Salazar in advance and RSVP on TTUHSC El Paso’s Facebook Live Q&A event page.
This Q&A session is part of a TTUHSC El Paso initiative called The Exam Room. The Exam Room encourages the El Paso community to engage with expert health care professionals at TTUHSC El Paso.
Each month, The Exam Room will hold one or more public Q&As, each focusing on a different health-related topic and highlighting a TTUHSC El Paso health care specialist who has volunteered to answer questions on the subject.
Staff Report June 5, 2017Local NewsComments Off on TTUHSC El Paso Hosts 12th Annual Obstetrics and Gynecology Symposium930
Physicians, nurses, health care professionals, and students will gather for the 12th Annual Obstetrics and Gynecology Symposium on Friday. The conference, jointly hosted by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) and University Medical Center of El Paso, will focus on OB-GYN issues that are prevalent along the U.S.-Mexico border.
At 10:15 a.m., Vijaya Galic, M.D., will present “21st Century Gynecological Cancer Care on the Border.” Dr. Galic is chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso and an assistant professor at TTUHSC El Paso. She joined the institution in December 2016 and specializes in the treatment of advanced ovarian cancer, offering the latest interventions to improve survival, including radical surgical procedures, intra-abdominal chemotherapy, and precision medicine.
Dr. Galic is an expert in curative operations for women with primary and recurrent uterine and cervical cancer, including procedures to preserve fertility.
Dr. Galic earned her M.D. at the University of Washington School of Medicine and M.B.A. at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Galic later completed a joint fellowship program in gynecologic oncology at New York Presbyterian Hospital through Cornell University and Columbia University.
Additional symposium topics will include labor pain and epidurals in the borderland, risk factors for gestational hypertension and preeclampsia, and contraceptive counseling for adolescents along the Texas-Mexico border.
The event will be keynoted by Jason D. Wright, M.D., chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Columbia University.
Staff Report May 17, 2017NewsComments Off on TTUHSC El Paso to Hold Spring 2017 Commencement Friday, Saturday599
This week, TTUHSC El Paso will graduate its fifth class of physicians and its sixth class of nurses.
Eighty-seven students from the PLFSOM are eligible to earn their Doctor of Medicine and receive their doctoral hoods Friday evening. TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A., will give the keynote address.
Forty-three students from the GGHSON are eligible to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing Saturday evening. Nicholas Tejeda, FACHE, chief executive officer for The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus, will keynote the ceremony.
The PLFSOM and GGHSON have graduated 241 doctors and 315 nurses to date. With the addition of this spring’s graduates, TTUHSC El Paso will have played an integral role in a total of 328 physicians and 358 nurses earning their health care degrees.
What: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) spring commencement ceremonies
Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM)
6 p.m.Friday, May 19 at the Plaza Theatre, 125 Pioneer Plaza
Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON)
5 p.m.Saturday, May 20 at the Abraham Chavez Theatre, 1 Civic Center Plaza
“We try to plant a seed in these students at an early age so that they can eventually enter the health care field,” says Daniel Camacho, director of the TTUHSC El Paso Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and event organizer. “There is a real health care provider shortage in El Paso and the surrounding region, and with this event, we hope to interest more of our talented youth in choosing a health care career.”
At the event, the students will hear a short talk from a TTUHSC El Paso professor of physiology before taking their teddy bears through a variety of medical booths, including nursing and vital signs, and physician’s, radiology and counseling stations. The highlight of the clinic will be a walk-through brain exhibit, a giant 18 x 14-foot-long inflatable brain that will give students an interactive opportunity to learn about brain structures and functions, and to observe examples of brain trauma and disease. The exhibit is made possible by Medical Inflatables, a private Texas corporation that generously donated the inflatable for the event.
TTUHSC El Paso medical students will help run the stations, teaching the children about the various injuries or illnesses their bears may have. The medical students will use real medical equipment to demonstrate how a doctor or nurse would handle the case in real life.
“Children typically have anxiety about going to see a doctor, but this teddy bear approach will hopefully help make them more comfortable with the thought of going,” Camacho adds.
The AHEC provides education and development services to kindergarten through college-age students throughout the year to help set the foundation for the future of health care in West Texas.
The 2017 Teddy Bear Clinic is sponsored by TTUHSC El Paso, the TTUHSC El Paso AHEC, and the Guidance and Counseling Services at EPISD.
What: Teddy Bear Clinic
When: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.Friday, May 19
Where: Gymnasium, Maxine Silva Health Magnet High School, 121 Val Verde Street
Staff Report May 2, 2017NewsComments Off on Gallery+Story: TTUHSC El Paso Breaks Ground on $83M Medical Sciences Building1,485
Tuesday morning, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) officially broke ground on the Medical Sciences Building (MSB) II, an $83 million, 219,900-square-foot facility. The five-story building will more than double the campus’ research capacity and add crucial instructional space to support its growing student population.
“This building is integral to our vision for TTUHSC El Paso,” said Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A., president of the university. “This will enable us to recruit more researchers to tackle our region’s medical challenges, increase student enrollment in our programs, and ultimately, retain some of the nation’s most well-prepared, culturally competent health care professionals right here in the borderland.”
The MSB II second, third, and fourth floors — more than 87,000 square feet — will be dedicated to research, including laboratories, offices, and research administration. The first floor will house the campus’ largest teaching auditorium yet — a 9,200-square-foot space that can accommodate up to 500 people — and will also feature a dining and food services area that will be staffed by outside vendors. The remaining space will be dedicated to a library, a reflection room for quiet space, classrooms, student study rooms and administration.
“The completion of MSB II will catalyze the development of basic and translational biomedical research at TTUHSC El Paso by providing us with new laboratory facilities to grow interconnected scientific programs that address major diseases and other problems in health care,” said Peter Rotwein, M.D., vice president for research. “We will have the opportunity to recruit new faculty, teach our students the newest aspects of biomedical investigation, and enhance our capabilities in translating discoveries into better treatments and cures.”
Like other campus facilities, the building’s exterior will mirror the architecture of the Spanish Renaissance, which is distinguished by ornate columns, red-tiled roofs, and colossal archways.
Funding for the MSB II was approved by the 84th Texas Legislature in 2015 under House Bill 100, which appropriated $75 million for the building’s construction. TTUHSC El Paso will contribute an additional $8 million, bringing the total construction cost to $83 million.
Construction of the MSB II will be complete in approximately two years. Houston-based architectural firm Perkins + Will designed the building and Sundt Construction, Inc. is contracted to build the new facility.
Staff Report April 26, 2017Local NewsComments Off on GGHSON Assistant Professor to Represent Texas Nurse Practitioners1,498
Assistant Professor Christina Blanco, D.N.P., has been elected as the North Texas state representative for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). In this role, Blanco will represent the Panhandle, West Texas and Dallas-Fort Worth regions.
“The AANP is the largest national organization for nurse practitioners, so it’s important to play an active role with them,” Blanco said. “Assisting regional directors with state events and initiatives is part of my role, but as a state rep, it is also crucial for me to help in developing legislative priorities.”
Since 2010, Blanco has provided testimony to various Texas State Senate committees, advocating for such issues as women’s health and indigent health care. In addition to advocating for important issues in health care, one of the AANP’s goals is improving access to NPs while improving NPs’ presence in health care.
Blanco’s one-year term begins at the close of the AANP 2017 National Conference in Philadelphia, which takes place June 25.
In honor of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month, Richard McCallum, M.D., a physician and researcher in the Department of Internal Medicine, will host the session. Dr. McCallum, who specializes in gastroenterology, or stomach ailments, will take questions from viewers about a variety of gastrointestinal topics, including IBS, acid reflux, gluten intolerance and dietary needs for those with a sensitive stomach.
Dr. McCallum received his Doctor of Medicine from The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia and completed his residency at Washington University’s Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He went on to serve as director of gastroenterology at the Yale University School of Medicine and later, was recruited by the University of Virginia and the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Dr. McCallum joined TTUHSC El Paso in 2010.
Participants are encouraged to submit their questions to Dr. McCallum in advance and RSVP on TTUHSC El Paso’s Facebook Live Q&A on Tummy Aches and Ailments event page.
This Q&A session is part of a new TTUHSC El Paso initiative called The Exam Room. The Exam Room encourages the El Paso community to engage with expert health care professionals at TTUHSC El Paso. Each month, The Exam Room will hold one or more public Q&As, each focusing on a different health-related topic and highlighting a TTUHSC El Paso health care specialist who has volunteered to answer questions on the subject.
What: Live health care Q&A open to the El Paso community