From the Desk of the President

New Look – This week, the new Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Tech View blog gets a new look – and focus.  The new TTUHSC El Paso blog will serve as the university’s blog, replacing the weekly PLFSOM blog and quarterly GGHSON blog.  It will also include news from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  As we continue to grow, there is an abundance of news to share and stories to tell.  I encourage you to contact patricia.williams@ttuhsc.edu with details of any story ideas you feel are worth covering.

SWCPEH –  The Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health (SWCPEH) website is devoted to keeping our children safe.  Dr. Stephen Borron, TTUHSC El Paso professor of medical toxicology and emergency medicine, is also the SWCPEH director and chief medical consultant…and medical director for the West Texas Regional Poison Center (WTRPC).  As director, he is responsible for the website www.swcpeh.org which has been updated to reflect our university’s role in providing this valuable service.  The SWCPEH serves the states of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico with the intent of helping reduce environmental health threats to children, improving access to expertise in pediatric environmental medicine and strengthen public health prevention capacity.  This is done primarily through education, consultation, referral, advocacy, research and networking.  All services are free, including calls made using the site’s number – 888-901-5665 – maintained by the WTRPC.

New Academic Year – I had the pleasure of welcoming 104 new medical students to our campus last week. These students have begun their Society, Community and Individual (SCI) course and with that, their immersion into Spanish and the culture of the region before they officially begin their medical studies in August. During orientation they met many important people –but most notably, staff from the Office of Student Affairs and Student Services, who stand ready to help them, as they navigate the next four years of their medical education. Later that day, the students picked up scrubs at the Scrubs Party, and will officially be introduced into the community during the White Coat Ceremony on Saturday, July 18, at the Plaza Theatre at 3 p.m. I hope you’ll join us in welcoming them that day.

Resident Physicians – Eighty-nine resident physicians also recently began their specialty training for the next three to five years in our graduate and fellowship programs. The 89 include 77 residents and 12 fellows. Besides seeing patients at our clinics, these residents and fellows will spend time with patients at UMC of El Paso.

Scouting honor- I am proud and honored to share with you that we recently received a 2015 Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest Community Award. We are proud to partner with the Girl Scouts—an organization that helps girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives. Their commitment to the community is as strong as that of our health sciences center.