From the Desk of the President

Mental Health Grant – Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) Department of Biomedical Sciences Assistant Professor Suzanne Gonzalez, Ph.D., has been selected to receive a grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.

She is one of 10 recipients of the 2015 Mental Health Research Grants for Tenure-Track Assistant Professors in Texas, which fund promising and innovative mental health research. Gonzalez’s project is a study of genes associated with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder among a cohort of Texas Hispanic psychiatric subjects.

Octavio N. Martinez, M.D., executive director of the Hogg Foundation and associate vice president for diversity and community engagement at the University of Texas at Austin, said the foundation is dedicated to doing its part to make sound, evidence-based treatments for mental health conditions the norm in our society.

I thank the foundation for their continued partnership with TTUHSC El Paso and congratulate Dr. Gonzalez for her research efforts in this field which may lead to the development of novel and effective treatments for psychiatric disorders among an underserved population.

PLFSOM’s M.D. Program Planning – We need your participation as we strive to improve our medical school and keep it at the forefront of innovation.

Full-time faculty members are invited to complete a survey regarding their perceptions of the current PLFSOM medical degree program and share their recommendations for the future of undergraduate medical education in El Paso.

Survey access was sent by email Tuesday, July 28 and will remain available for the next two weeks.

Please participate in this important process as we strive to improve our medical school and to keep it at the forefront of innovation!

Faculty Interviewers Needed – The PLFSOM has already received more than 2,000 of the expected applications for admission to next year’s entering class and the PLFSOM Office of Admissions is looking for faculty interviewers.

Our PLFSOM interview season will be from Thursday, August 6 to January 14, 2016. Interviews will be held every Thursday afternoon except for October 8, Thanksgiving Day, as well as December 24 and 31. Interviewers are asked to commit to interview candidates on at least five Thursdays from 12:30 – 3 p.m.

Any faculty member interested in participating in the interview process should contact John Snelling or Manuel Schydlower, M.D. for more information.

New Students – August means our campus will soon be home to new and returning students enrolled in the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. If you see any of our medical, nursing or biomedical sciences students on campus, please reach out to them and welcome them.