From the Desk of the President

Cardiovascular Disease Awareness Month – As a cardiologist, I know how important preventative measures are in terms of heart health.  If you consider that heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death for men and women, keeping your heart in peak shape should be a no-brainer – especially when even a 5% reduction in weight or regular exercise can add years to your life. Today, in the first Texas Tech Physicians “The Doctor Will See You Now”, I had the opportunity to share important facts on Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) with local media outlets, along with steps to improve one’s heart health.  Read this week’s Tech View blog to learn more about CVD or go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIgohbF0Aa0&list=UUmqAMVvHprUEbV_REmHG5pAt.

SUNS Health Fair –The Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso Family Medicine location at 9849 Kenworthy is the host site for this year’s SUNS (Students United Para Nuestra Salud) Health Fair next Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) students organized the event, which will provide blood pressure and glucose monitoring, dental screenings, BMI calculations, EKG tests, glaucoma screenings, as well as hearing and speech assessments.  TTUHSC El Paso resident physicians and faculty will be on hand to oversee the event. The PLFSOM Texas Medical Association (TMA)/American Medical Association (AMA) Student Chapter is providing a “Hard Hats for Little Heads” presentation, where 100 children-sized bike helmets will be given away to raise awareness about head injury and promote physical activity in children. For more information on the health fair, go to www.sunshealthfair.com.

The Wall Street Journal – This week, the PLFSOM was featured in the Wall Street Journal article “Innovation Is Sweeping Through U.S. Medical Schools” .  The story focused on preparing doctors for new technologies and methods, and featured PLFSOM for emphasizing community medicine and Spanish-language skills.  It is another confirmation that our university is going beyond borders in education.  Read the article at http://www.wsj.com/articles/innovation-is-sweeping-through-u-s-medical-schools-1424145650?KEYWORDS=med+schools.

Make-A-Wish Video – Recently, we shared a story about the surprise Make-A-Wish reveal for Cynthia Reyes at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.  Her wish was complete when she found out that German Lozano-Guzman, M.D., a TTUHSC El Paso pediatric nephrologist – and the only one in the region – had been hired to make the lives of children suffering from kidney disease, and their families’ lives, a little bit easier.  Watch the reveal now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBOwJKySLAM&list=UUmqAMVvHprUEbV_REmHG5pA.