El Paso, Texas

Approximately half of the TTUHSC El Paso graduates completing the residency program continue to practice in the west Texas area. The reasons are many, but most people agree that El Paso is a great place to live. The sun shines 350 days a year, so picnics, hiking or camping plans are rarely cancelled because of inclement weather. El Paso's temperate, dry climate offers year-round golfing, tennis and other outdoor sports. Spectacular sunsets and majestic mountains rising to 7,000 feet create a photographer's dream.

El Paso is a burgeoning city of more than 652,000 people. It is 248 square miles in area, the 4th largest city in Texas, and 22nd in the United States. It is the county seat of El Paso County, which has an area of 1058 square miles. It is separated from its sister-city, Cuidad, Juarez by the Rio Grande, which delineates the Texas/Mexico border for a thousand miles until it empties into the Gulf of Mexico. El Paso and Cd. Juarez is the largest contigous border metroplex comprising nearly 2 million people. The resident physician will find in this multicultural city a unique and unsurpassed opportunity to become acquainted with border health issues.

Cultural opportunities range from urban to rustic, from cosmopolitan to country. Centuries-old Spanish missions, museums, theaters, opera, outstanding Mexican and international cuisine, Mariachi bands, rodeos, and country and western dancing all play a part in the mosaic of El Paso.

In addition, there are many nearby recreational sites that are well worth the drive to visit such as Hueco Tanks, New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, Elephant Butte Lake and the resort area of Ruidoso, N.M., in the Lincoln National Forest, as well as Big Bend National Park.