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About Texas Tech at El Paso

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) at El Paso is the fastest growing medical school in Texas. With a 25-year tradition of excellence in clinical education, the Center continues to prepare medical students and residents for careers in medicine. In the process the Center has become one of the area's major health care providers.

TTUHSC at El Paso is one of four Texas Tech University Health Sciences Centers; the other three are at Lubbock, Odessa, and Amarillo. In addition to El Paso's program for third- and fourth-year medical students, the center offers 11 residency programs in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pathology, pediatrics, psychiatry, surgery and a first-year program for residents who are undecided on their career specialty.

Thomason Hospital is the primary teaching hospital affiliated with the Health Sciences Center at El Paso, and, opening in April 1996, a new Psychiatric Center also will offer training to students and residents. Providence Hospital provides residency positions in orthopedics' and pathology. Outpatients are treated at the main campus, Texas Tech Medical Center on the east side, northeast and Westside and the Psychiatry outpatient center at Executive Center.

An innovator in health professional education, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso developed the state's first accredited civilian residency program in emergency medicine in 1982, and later worked with William Beaumont to establish joint residency programs in orthopedics' and pathology.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso provides unique multicultural educational opportunities. The center serves an urban border population of more than 700,000 abutted by the rural areas where health care facilities and providers are few. El Paso is innovative in development of health care delivery potentials through multidisciplinary, community-based programs. Affiliations with Thomason Hospital and other community and military facilities provide opportunities to broaden or enhance training in some subspecialty areas.

Forming another unique partnership in 1991, Texas Tech and UTEP brought a $6.1 million W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant to El Paso to address community-based health care and professional education in the Lower Valley of El Paso County. A year later, the schools again joined forces in a cooperative program to establish the first master's level nurse-midwifery program in the State.

Access to care is an issue for many low income El Pasoans due to economic constraints and lack of transportation, particularly in the rural, peripheral areas. Texas Tech is improving access in these areas through school-based facilities, in which pediatricians from Texas Tech staff host prima/care clinics. Children are treated for a full spectrum of ailments, and for many, this provides their only contact with a physician. Access reaches even farther as the Departments of Pediatrics, Orthopedic Surgery, and Neurology regularly visit isolated, far West Texas communities, offering specialized care for developmental and learning disabilities, illnesses, and chronic disease conditions.