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TTU System Chancellor to Give TTUHSC El Paso Associate Professor Distinguished Teaching Award

Texas Tech University System Chancellor Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell and TTUHSC El Paso president Richard Lange, M.D., will present the annual Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award to Charmaine Martin, M.D., an associate professor in the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.

“Receiving this award is a tremendous honor, and I share it with many great people I have worked with over the years: patients, mentors, colleagues, partners in the community and, of course, my family and friends,” Dr. Martin said.

Dr. Martin teaches medical students at the Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso Family Medicine Clinic in Northeast El Paso. She also participates in free community health care events around the city throughout the year.

“When I first came to El Paso and began working with students, I quickly realized that teaching is rewarding on many levels,” Dr. Martin said. “The students consistently help keep me motivated and patients encouraged about the future of health care in El Paso and Texas.”

The awards are made possible through philanthropic gifts to the Chancellor’s Council. Award recipients each receive a $5,000 stipend and an engraved medallion.

Dr. Martin is an associate professor and assistant dean of student affairs at TTUHSC El Paso’s Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. She has taught at TTUHSC El Paso since 2005.

Dr. Martin created a program called Scholars in Primary Care, which encourages student interest in primary care by providing opportunities for leadership, patient advocacy and clinical experience. Program participants work with Dr. Martin at a free clinic for migrant farm workers, allowing students to gain hands-on clinical training while serving the community.

The clinic received 120 office visits from migrants last year.

The Chancellor’s Council is a giving society that supports Chancellor Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell and his priorities of impacting student lives through scholarships, recognizing faculty achievement and encouraging excellence across the TTU System and its four component institutions: Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Angelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso.

More on Dr. Martin

Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston – 1996

Residency: St. Claire’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program – 2000

Fellowships: Teaching and Learning Fellowship, USC Keck School of Medicine – 2005; Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Pre-Doctoral Fellowship – 2008

American Board of Medical Specialties: Certified American Board of Family Medicine

Research Interests: Medical education

TTUHSC El Paso Faculty To Use $1.3M Grant to Help El Pasoans Live Healthier

As El Pasoans start to work on their New Year’s resolutions, a faculty member in Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso’s Center of Emphasis in Cancer is taking on the challenge of rising obesity rates and obesity-related cancers in our community.

On Tuesday officials announced that Assistant Professor Jennifer Salinas, Ph.D., had been awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to fund an innovative obesity-related cancer prevention program.

Via a news release, TTUHSC El Paso officials shared that obesity-related cancer is a major health problem in El Paso County, where 69 percent of the population is considered overweight or obese — a situation they called “a troubling percentage that shows no sign of decreasing.”

Titled Pasos Para Prevenir Cancer, officials say the program combines lifestyle education and fun physical activities to help El Pasoans achieve healthy weights and lessen their risk of cancer.

TTUHSC El Paso officials added, “Being overweight or obese can lead to health issues such as Type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease. And carrying too much body fat appears to increase the risk of certain cancers, including esophageal, colon, pancreatic, breast, uterine, kidney and thyroid cancers.”

On Thursday, January 10th, Dr. Salinas talks about Pasos Para Prevenir Cancer and the efforts the program will be making in 2019 to help El Pasoans have a healthier new year.

What: Fighting Obesity-Related Cancer

When: 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 10

Where: Texas Tech Family Medicine Center in Northeast El Paso, 9849 Kenworthy Street

TTUHSC El Paso Fires Up Holiday Celebration Friday Night

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso’s Cookies, Cocoa and Holiday Cheer celebration gets the holiday season underway for the fourth consecutive year.

The annual event will offer a free light show, food and health care information for El Paso families. The light show is presented by the same team behind the Fred Loya holiday light show.

After the show, TTUHSC El Paso’s seasonal campus lights will be turned on for the first time. After snapping some pictures of the lights, attendees can visit the selfie station and are encouraged to share via the hashtag (#TTUHSCEP).

Special guests will include Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, the Grinch, Cindy Lou Who, Belle, and the Snowflake Princesses from the movie “Frozen.”

Photo booths will provide free photos with Santa Claus and the other special guests. In addition to a performance from the holiday special guests, the Jefferson/Silva High School Drumline will take the stage.

For the first time, this year’s festivities will include a health fair. TTUHSC El Paso students will offer blood pressure readings, the United Way will give out discount prescription cards, and representatives from several TTUHSC El Paso departments and clinics will be on hand with information.

Treats and apple cider will be catered by Crave Kitchen and Bar, with hot cocoa generously provided by Price’s Creameries. Also, the first 1,000 guests will receive a TTUHSC El Paso drawstring backpack.

Sponsored by El Paso Electric, all activities will be free, including parking in campus lots.

What: Cookies, Cocoa and Holiday Cheer

When: 6 p.m. Friday, November 30  |  Light show will begin about 7 p.m.

Where: Medical Education Building (MEB) lawn, 5001 El Paso Drive

TTUHSC El Paso Staff Senate Promotes a Candy-Free Halloween

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Staff Senate is continuing its tradition of collecting non-candy items to give to children receiving treatment at El Paso Children’s Hospital.

“In terms of your teeth, anytime that you take in a sugar and/or a fermentable carbohydrate like a fruit, fruit juice, honey—any of those items—the bacteria in your mouth break those foods down into an acid, and that acid eats away at the enamel of your teeth,” said Wendy Woodall, D.D.S., professor and associate dean of academic affairs for the Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine at TTUHSC El Paso.

“We know that you can’t regrow enamel. So anytime you can redirect your child away from sugar, it’s best for your teeth, and it’s best for your body in general.”

Staff Senate officials thought that TTUHSC El Paso, a health sciences center with a dental school in development, should send a message of a healthy approach to Halloween, with gifts of non-candy items that would still offer plenty of fun for youngsters.

Because of the damage sugar does to teeth, some parents go the non-candy route for Halloween—a strategy that dentists wholeheartedly support.

Pens, pencils, erasers, notebooks and coloring books were among the items collected this fall that will be delivered in 35 goodie bags on Halloween.

Dr. Woodall said some options for non-candy items to give out include simple, safe toys or party favors—items that will give longer enjoyment than candy.

But if you’re going to let your child have candy, there are ways to reduce the risk of damage to teeth.

“Brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste or using a fluoride mouth rinse is best because the fluoride is going to work to replace the calcium that came out of your teeth,” Dr. Woodall said.  “If you can’t do that, you should rinse your mouth with water, and it would lower the amount of sugar that’s attacking your teeth.”

GSBS Dean Named to Texas Graduate Education Advisory Committee

Rajkumar Lakshmanaswamy, Ph.D., dean of TTUHSC El Paso’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), has been appointed to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Graduate Education Advisory Committee.

The 24-member committee, which meets up to four times a year, reviews issues relating to graduate education at public universities and health-related institutions in Texas.

In addition to his role as dean of the GSBS, Lakshmanaswamy is scientific director of TTUHSC El Paso’s Center of Emphasis in Cancer.

The center aims to “apply novel concepts, methodologies, and technologies to cancer research, prevention, and intervention. The center’s focus is to perform basic, clinical, and translational research to study endocrine-related cancers and cancers prevalent in the local population, and to identify molecular mechanisms using cutting-edge technologies.”

The TTUHSC El Paso GSBS first opened its doors in 2013 as an expansion of the GSBS at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. In August 2014, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) officially acknowledged the creation of a freestanding, independent TTUHSC El Paso GSBS.

On January 22, 2016, the THECB approved the addition of the Master of Science (M.S.) in Biomedical Sciences to TTUHSC El Paso’s program inventory. Following the addition to the M.S. program, on September 1, 2016 the post-baccalaureate certificate program in Biomedical Sciences was officially added to TTUHSC El Paso’s program inventory.

As the Dean, Lakshmanaswamy shares that  TTUHSC El Paso GSBS’s formula for success includes “comprehensive coursework, sustained laboratory experiences, and training in scholarship and inter-professional teamwork while in school, so that our students are prepared for their professional futures.”

TTUHSC El Paso Faculty Member Appointed to State Committee

Aghaegbulam Uga, M.D., has been appointed to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Behavioral Health Advisory Committee.

The committee provides input and recommendations on the adequacy of behavioral health services and programs in Texas.

Dr. Uga is an assistant professor of internal medicine and psychiatry at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. He is also program director of TTUHSC El Paso’s combined internal medicine/psychiatry residency program.

Dr. Uga received his medical degree from the University of Maiduguri College of Medical Sciences in Maiduguri, Nigeria. He completed a psychiatry residency, as well as a consultation-liaison psychiatry fellowship in Nigeria.

Upon immigrating to the United States, he again completed residency training in psychiatry, as well as internal medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine and psychiatry. His major area of interest is integration of behavioral health into primary care services.

TTUHSC El Paso Scholarship Created in Honor of Officer Floyd East, Jr.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) is honoring the life of Texas Tech police officer Floyd East Jr. one year after his passing with the creation of a crowdfunding site to support a scholarship in his name.

“Officer Floyd East Jr. dedicated his life to keeping our Texas Tech University System campuses safe,” said TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A. “We are proud to honor Officer East with a new scholarship program in his name. It is fitting that the scholarship will go to students from his hometown pursuing education and careers related to law enforcement.”

A native El Pasoan, Officer East served on the TTUHSC El Paso campus from December 2014 to April 2017 before transferring to Texas Tech University in Lubbock in May 2017 to complete field training.

Officer East, who had plans to return to his hometown when a position became available at TTUHSC El Paso, passed away October 9, 2017 during an evening shift.

Officer East is remembered as a loving father, husband and colleague. Family described him as a witty and warm friend who excelled at carpentry, seafood boils and barbecuing, and relished exhilarating activities like skydiving and deep-sea diving.

“Every day, our police officers walk out in the world knowingly risking their lives to ensure that our lives are protected,” said President Lange. “There is really no greater act of selflessness than that.”

The scholarship will benefit select undergraduate or graduate students at Texas Tech University enrolled in the Institute for Forensic Science or a concentration in criminology with preference for students from the El Paso area.

Donations to the account may be made online or by contacting Carolina Camargo De Luca at or 915-215-4859.

TTUHSC El Paso’s Medical Practice Reaccredited for Providing Top-Quality Patient Care

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso’s medical practice has been reaccredited by The Joint Commission for outpatient care.

Accreditation by TJC is a symbol of quality that reflects a commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso, a multi-specialty medical practice with seven locations throughout the city of El Paso, underwent a rigorous on-site survey in April 2018. TJC’s team of surveyors evaluated the clinic sites for several quality standards: care coordination, monitoring of procedures involving sedation or anesthesia, infection prevention and control, medication management, and patient education and training.

“[Having The Joint Commission accreditation] is a badge of honor,” said Michael J. Herrera, assistant director for the TTUHSC El Paso Office of Quality Improvement. “It says we are at a higher standard of quality and a higher standard of patient safety. We’re taking these extra steps for our patients.”

Established in 1975, TJC’s ambulatory health care accreditation program encourages high-quality patient care in all types of outpatient facilities. Today, the program serves 2,100 clinical providers, with more than 8,500 sites serving over 83 million patient visits annually.

TJC develops its accreditation standards by consulting with health care experts and providers, performance measurement experts, and patients. Scientific literature and expert consensus also are used to create the standards, which help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.

“The Joint Commission accreditation provides ambulatory care organizations with the processes contributing to improvements in a variety of areas, from the enhancement of staff education to the demonstration of leading practices within the ambulatory setting,” said Michael Kulczycki, M.B.A., CAE, executive director for The Joint Commission’s ambulatory health care accreditation program. “We commend Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso and its staff for achieving this pinnacle demonstrating a commitment to patient safety and quality.”

The hundreds of providers, residents and staff at the clinics are critical to maintaining the high standards required for TJC accreditation.

Irma Montes-Gomez, TTUHSC El Paso’s senior director for quality improvement/occupational health, added that TTUHSC El Paso conducts quarterly inspections of its clinics to maintain compliance with TJC standards and other regulatory agencies even while not under survey.

In addition to TTP El Paso’s reaccreditation this year, TJC recently conferred Comprehensive Stroke Center status for University Medical Center of El Paso. UMC is an affiliate and primary training site for TTUHSC El Paso’s medical and nursing students.

TTP El Paso’s TJC accreditation went into effect in April 2018 and will last for three years.

The Joint Commission provides accreditation to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. As the clinical practice of TTUHSC El Paso, Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso has received accreditation under the legal parent name of TTUHSC El Paso.

TTUHSC El Paso Students to Honor Kharisma James During Day of Service

About 200 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) medical students will participate in community service events Saturday, September  15, as part of the annual Corazón de Oro (Heart of Gold) community outreach event.

This year’s Corazón de Oro will honor Kharisma James, who graduated from the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing in May 2017. James passed away Aug. 13 after being struck by a car while picking up her children at Tippin Elementary School in El Paso.

Organized by TTUHSC El Paso’s Student Government Association (SGA), Corazón de Oro 2018 will include students from all three TTUHSC El Paso schools—the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS)—in an effort to give back to the community. The students will volunteer at 13 different sites.

SGA President Sajid Leelani said the event serves as a reminder to TTUHSC El Paso students of why they went into the medical field: to serve the community. He said students also asked to honor James, who often answered that call to service.

“Kharisma James was one of the founding officers of the SGA,” Leelani said. “It’s a day of service, and she was also very much about service. She served in the military. She was a nurse and she served in the SGA. So we are honored to remember her on this day.”

Sept. 15 will also mark the fourth anniversary of the RotaCare Clinic. The El Paso RotaCare clinic was opened by the Rotary Club of El Paso in September 2014 in the Lower Valley to provide free medical care for those in need. The clinic provides learning opportunities for TTUHSC El Paso’s medical students. As part of the anniversary celebration, students will host a health fair at the clinic Saturday morning.


List of sites – Students will volunteer at the following sites from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 15:

YWCA, 201 E. Main St.: Students will assist with transitional living center activities.

Center Against Sexual and Family Violence, 580 Giles Road: Students will provide landscaping and facility maintenance.

Compadres Therapy, 6631 Strahan Rd.: Students will provide maintenance around the barn.

GiGi’s Playhouse, 960 Chelsea St., Suite B: Students’ volunteer work to be determined.

Habitat for Humanity, 11221 Rojas Drive, Building B: Students will work on a restoration project.

El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank, 9541 Plaza Circle: Students will help sort food.

Salvation Army, 4300 E. Paisano Drive: Students will reorganize thrift store donations.

Rescue Mission Center of El Paso, 130 N. Cotton St.: Students will sort donations and clean living areas.

Candlelighters of El Paso, 1900 N. Oregon St., Room 402: Students will sort donations and provide maintenance.

Opportunity Center for the Homeless, 1208 Myrtle Ave.: Students will distribute meals and organize donations.

Baptist Clinic, 2700 N. Piedras St.: Students will clean and organize at the clinic’s new location.

RotaCare Clinic, 301 S. Schutz Drive: Students will assist at the health fair.

Texas Special Olympics: On Sept. 8, students took vitals for athletes.

TTUHSC El Paso Announces Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

Andrea Tawney, Ph.D., has been announced as Associate Vice Chancellor for TTUHSC El Paso’s Office of Institutional Advancement.

Tawney joins TTUHSC El Paso from New Mexico State University, where she was the Vice President for University Advancement, Marketing and Communications, and President of the NMSU Foundation.

Under Tawney’s leadership, the foundation launched the most ambitious cash campaign in the NMSU system’s history, with a goal of raising $125 million.

Within five years, Tawney’s team raised more than $100 million in cash and pledges and set record fundraising marks two years in a row in 2017 and 2018. She also raised some of the largest gifts in the history of several departments and colleges, and in 2015 launched a Giving Tuesday initiative that raised nearly $6 million for student scholarships.

“We are thrilled to bring someone with Andrea’s skills and experience to TTUHSC El Paso,” said TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A. “With the Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine and other developments on the horizon, this is an exciting time for TTUHSC El Paso, and we are confident Andrea can lead us to success.”

Prior to NMSU, Tawney served as the Director of Development for the Schools of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in Lubbock, Texas.

“I am delighted to be back in El Paso as part of the TTUHSC El Paso and Red Raider family,” Tawney said. “Having earned my doctoral degree from Texas Tech University, the opportunity to serve my alma mater in this capacity is an honor. It’s an exciting time to be part of the growth and impact that TTUHSC El Paso will continue to make for the Paso del Norte region.”

Tawney has worked in higher education for 15 years, and has served four years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force. She earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Studies from Texas Tech University, with a focus on the predictors of academic success for first-generation college students. She also holds a Master of Education and a B.A.S. in Justice Systems, Policy and Planning from Northern Arizona University.

TTUHSC El Paso to Host 4th Annual Red Raider Reels Starting Friday

Red Raider Reels, a free movie series hosted by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso), returns to the campus starting Friday night

Red Raider Reels will kick off at sundown Friday, Aug. 31 with a screening of “Ready Player One.” The movie screenings will continue every Friday evening until the final showing Sept. 28.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, picnic chairs, snacks and drinks. Free pizza will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and popcorn will be available for a small donation that will benefit the university’s Student Excellence Fund.

Glass containers, alcohol and pets are prohibited. Parking is available at the lot east of the lawn.

What: Free outdoor movie series

When: Fridays at sundown, Aug. 31-Sept. 28

Where: 5001 El Paso Drive (lawn between the Medical Education and Medical Sciences Buildings)

2018 Red Raider Reels Schedule

PodMed TT Offers Podcast Listeners Latest Medical News

When medical professionals want to stay in the loop on breaking medical news, there is one podcast they tune into week after week: PodMed TT.

Hosted by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A., and Johns Hopkins Medicine Director of Electronic News Media Elizabeth Tracey, M.S., PodMed TT covers trending research published in medical journals each week.

The long-running podcast series was originally produced by Johns Hopkins Medicine. Longtime fans were disheartened when Johns Hopkins discontinued the podcast in 2017. But thanks to support from loyal listeners, Dr. Lange and Tracey found a way to restore the program under the umbrella of TTUHSC El Paso.

“After 14 years, we weren’t ready to give it up,” Dr. Lange said. “The ability to take complex studies or complex scientific research and bring it to our listeners on a weekly basis is still very important to Elizabeth and me. So even though we changed it from Hopkins to TTUHSC El Paso, there was never any question that we were going to continue it.”

The podcasts pack as much information as possible into a short, 10-minute recording. Dr. Lange and Tracey highlight four studies each week, making sure to keep the topics fresh, Tracey said. The duo focuses on peer-reviewed research published in the world’s most respected and influential medical journals.

PodMed TT can be found on iTunes or other podcasting apps. Tracey also recaps the podcast on her weekly blog, which can be found at

TTUHSC El Paso Designated ‘Hispanic-Serving Institution’

The U.S. Department of Education has recognized Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) as a Title V Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), making it the second Health-Related Institution in the nation to receive this designation and the only one located on the U.S.-Mexico border.

To qualify as an HSI, an institution must have an undergraduate enrollment of at least 25 percent Hispanic students, among other criteria. As of 2017, 41 percent of TTUHSC El Paso’s student body identified as Hispanic. Recognition as an HSI opens doors to new sources of grant funding through the Department of Education and other federal agencies.

Based on 2015 data used to make the HSI designation, 72 percent of TTUHSC El Paso’s undergraduate nursing students identified as Hispanic, compared to a state average of less than 30 percent. Twenty-three percent of TTUHSC El Paso’s medical students identified as Hispanic, while the state average is about 15 percent.

With Hispanics driving population growth in the state and nation, this means TTUHSC El Paso is ahead of the game in terms of Hispanic representation.

“Recognition as a Hispanic-Serving Institution is a catalyst for growth,” said TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A. “As a university created in a Hispanic-majority community, we have an opportunity to advocate for the nation’s fastest-growing demographic, which is still vastly underrepresented in health care. Being an HSI will give us the funding we need to close that gap.”

The HSI designation was established under Titles III and V of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to increase higher education accessibility for Hispanics. Grants for HSIs, which include the National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions program, also enable HSI-designated institutions to grow and refine their programs.

“At TTUHSC El Paso, we see our diversity as one of our major strengths,” said Vice President for Outreach and Community Engagement Jose Manuel de la Rosa, M.D., M.Sc.

“Our university values cultural, socioeconomic and intellectual diversity because it enriches our lives and our community as a whole, promoting access, equity and excellence. We strive to create an environment of mutual respect, appreciation and inclusion of differing values, beliefs and backgrounds throughout all our programming. It is a major achievement for us to be recognized by the Department of Education as one of the few Health-Related Institutions in the country to be designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution. It reflects success in meeting our mission of serving our El Paso and border communities.”

TTUHSC El Paso’s HSI status went into effect in April 2018. As of August 2018, three TTU System institutions have been designated as Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Texas Tech University, Angelo State University and now, TTUHSC El Paso.

All Smiles! Board of Regents Approves Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree for El Paso

During their Friday meeting,the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents approved a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree to be offered by the Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine (WLHSDM) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso).

Reaching this first milestone was made possible thanks to a generous gift from the Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Foundation and a grant from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation. Richard C. Black, D.D.S., M.S., who was recently named dean of the WLHSDM, said there are now opportunities for all El Pasoans to help as the work continues.

“We’re going to be asking the community to support this school,” Black said. “Whatever they give will come back many times over with the kind of educational institution we’re building here. And as this health sciences center grows, it is going to continue to be a strong economic engine for West Texas.”

With the board’s approval of the dental school and degree, TTUHSC El Paso may now pursue state approval and external accreditation. First, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will review the proposal, with a parallel review by TTUHSC El Paso’s institutional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Then, TTUHSC El Paso will pursue programmatic accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), a process that lasts several years.

Pending accreditation, the WLHSDM will be the first to open in Texas in nearly 50 years, and the only dental school on the U.S.-Mexico border.

TTUHSC El Paso proposed the dental school in 2016 in response to a severe shortage of dentists in West Texas. The WLHSDM expects to enroll its first cohort of dental students in 2021.

Students in the Doctor of Dental Medicine program will benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and a hands-on curriculum much like the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine’s.


TTUHSC El Paso’s School of Medicine Reaccredited for 8-Year Term

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso’s (TTUHSC) medical education program has been granted full accreditation for eight years without citations by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME),

According to TTUHSC officials the announcement is the “best possible outcome of an application for continuing accreditation.”

The LCME is the U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting body for programs leading to the M.D. degree. There are three stages of accreditation: preliminary, provisional and full. The Paul L. Foster School of Medicine has been fully accredited since 2013.

Richard Brower, M.D., associate dean for medical education, said the LCME’s survey team was impressed by the school’s educational resources, committed faculty, and well-documented philosophy and theoretical basis for its curriculum.

Clinical integration is key to the PLFSOM’s curriculum. Unlike many traditional medical schools, PLFSOM students are immersed in diagnostic reasoning and clinical skill-building from the very start of their medical education. They learn the scientific foundations of medicine and related diagnostic skills based on common clinical presentations throughout the first and second years.

During this phase they also participate in community explorations and assessments, as well as a unique program of fully integrated Spanish language instruction.

“The LCME is very interested in the modernization of medical education,” Dr. Brower said. “And we were well-prepared to emphasize how the development and evolution of the PLFSOM curriculum has been deliberately based on settled principles of adult learning and educational psychology — this definitely worked in our favor.”

From the first day of medical school, PLFSOM students are taught to think like a doctor. Active learning is encouraged through simulation exercises in the school’s Center for Advanced Teaching and Assessment in Clinical Simulation. ATACS uses high-fidelity manikins that simulate everything from cardiac arrest to a vaginal birth.

Students also interact with “standardized patients,” real people trained to act out symptoms of medical conditions. These simulation activities help students learn to recognize conditions while developing their people skills and bedside manner.

In the final two years of medical school, students interact with actual patients in a wide range of clinical settings, and gain knowledge in ways that no textbook or simulation could ever teach. These experiences provide students with the background to lead the nation in medical care and prevention upon graduation.

With accreditation through 2026, PLFSOM leaders are looking at ways the school can continue to evolve.

“The great thing about the school’s definitively positive accreditation outcome is that we know we’re on an eight-year cycle, and this establishes an advantageous timeline for educational program enhancement and growth” Dr. Brower said.

With TTUHSC El Paso’s Medical Sciences Building II slated for completion in 2019, TTUHSC El Paso’s priority now will be to align its physical planning with its educational planning and enrollment goals.

The PLFSOM’s LCME accreditation is the third accreditation to be awarded to TTUHSC El Paso in 2018. Previously accredited under Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TTUHSC El Paso was granted separate institutional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in June.

Also in June, the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing earned its 10-year programmatic accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

More information about the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine may be found at online.

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