From the Desk of the President

Grant Awarded – Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso was awarded $330,923 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to develop and implement its Primary Care Innovation Program – the Longitudinal Primary Care Track (LPCT).  The LPCT is an interdisciplinary, innovative, complementary curriculum that will provide 20 first-year Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) students with unique training experiences and credentials during medical school. Congratulations to Charmaine Martin, M.D., who is the primary investigator on this grant, and Eribeth Penaranda, M.D., for providing key mentorship throughout the process.  To learn more about this program, read this week’s Tech View news blog.

2015 marathon

Maggie Rivas, Department of Internal Medicine, and Alyssa Cervantes, MPIP, after completing the 2015 El Paso Marathon.

Walkin’ the Talk – TTUHSC El Paso faculty, staff and students participated in this past weekend’s El Paso Marathon – and many are training for next month’s Mighty Mujer Triathlon and the Komen Race for the Cure.  For this reason, the Walkin’ the Talk lecture next month is geared towards seasoned athletes and our athletes-in-training.  On Wednesday, March 4, from noon – 1 p.m., in the Medical Education Building, Room 1100, physical therapist and owner of Spectrum Fitness and Spectrum Therapy Consultants, Sandra Terrazas, will share her expertise on how to avoid and treat common overuse sports injuries including sprained ankles, shin splints, and runner’s knee. Anyone who can show proof that they are participating in an upcoming race will receive a TTUHSC El Paso racing shirt – while they last!

Office of Admissions – If you’re wondering where some of our “Rock Stars” in the PLFSOM Office of Admissions are, let’s just say… they are on tour!  They are on the final leg of their trip across Texas visiting colleges and universities to recruit our state’s brightest students.  Check out our Facebook page and this week’s Tech View blog to get a look of where they’ve been.