Texas State Rep. César Blanco (D-El Paso) recently presented a resolution to Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A., Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) president, to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.
“This medical school is not only contributing to the economic activity of our city, but directly serves to improve the physician shortage that West Texas faces,” said Representative Blanco during the presentation on Jan. 28. “Thanks to the Foster School of Medicine, talented students from the Paso del Norte region with a passion for medicine and serving the community have the option to apply for medical school in their hometown.”
Blanco, who represents TTUHSC El Paso in the Texas State House of Representatives, has been a key supporter of the Foster School of Medicine. His resolution comes one month before TTUHSC El Paso holds the medical school’s 10th anniversary celebration, “A Red Tie Affair for a White Coat Occasion,” on Feb. 28.
“We are thankful for Representative Blanco and the entire El Paso delegation for their continued support of the students, faculty and staff at the Foster School of Medicine,” Dr. Lange said. “This resolution not only recognizes the tremendous work being done at TTUHSC El Paso, but also celebrates the positive impact we are making to the health care and education in our region.”
Opening its doors in 2009 with an inaugural class of 40 students, the Foster School of Medicine became the first medical school located on the U.S.-Mexico border. Since graduating from the school, more than 500 alumni are either currently practicing physicians or in residency programs throughout the United States.
Today, the Foster School of Medicine has 403 students currently enrolled, most of whom have contributed several thousand hours in community service through its student-run clinics and volunteer programs. The school continues to be a pioneer in health education through a curriculum focused on training students in simulation labs with high-tech manikins, beginning clinical rounds within the first year of study, and requiring all students to learn medical Spanish.