Message from the Vice President for Health Affairs, TTUHSC El Paso
For many years, our mission as a Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center regional campus was to provide a unique educational opportunity for medical students spending their last two years--the clinical years of medical school-- on our campus. We were part of a plan that helped grow the number of physicians in El Paso and West Texas. Throughout that time, we also continued to grow our residency programs which now number nine. Five fellowships have also been approved on our campus by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). After almost forty years of teaching Texas Tech University medical students, caring for large numbers of patients from El Paso, and extensive experience in clinical research, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine was approved as a four-year medical school within the TTU System in 2008.
The Paul L. Foster School of Medicine is the first four-year medical school on the U.S./Mexico border. Our unique setting provides exposure not only to traditional medicine, but also to international, bicultural and border health care issues. Our internationally recognized researchers, educators and clinicians stress interdisciplinary collaboration and are dedicated to creating outstanding diagnosticians and compassionate health practitioners.
The TTUHSC School of Nursing, now the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON), began on the El Paso campus in 2011 with a $10 million dollar gift to the Texas Tech University System from the Hunt Family Foundation. The school was established to counteract a long-term shortage of nurses who provide care to this medically-underserved area. The school admitted the first traditional BSN students on September 1, 2011. The GGHSON also has a Second Degree BSN program. The Second Degree Bachelorâ€™s of Nursing offers a bachelor's degree in nursing to those who have a bachelor's degree in any field and meet certain admissions requirements.
University Medical Center of El Paso (UMC), our main teaching hospital, houses the only Level I Trauma Center in the region. Other community partners include the newly opened, El Paso Childrenâ€™s Hospital--the only separately licensed, not-for-profit childrenâ€™s hospital in the El Paso region, the El Paso Psychiatric Center, and William Beaumont Army Medical Center. I believe that working together for a common purpose is the best thing we can do for the health of our city. And today, just as we have been doing for almost forty years, we continue to search for opportunities to provide educational opportunities and vital services.
Jose Manuel de la Rosa, M.D.