From the Desk of the Founding Dean

From the Desk of the Founding Dean

Lowest C-section rates – Consumer Reports published the results of an investigation consisting of 1,500 hospitals in 22 states, and concluded that University Medical Center (UMC) of El Paso had the lowest C-section rate of El Paso hospitals. Of the low risk births, UMC has a primary cesarean section rate of 15%. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) at El Paso physicians and midwives perform the overwhelming majority of the births at UMC. TTUHSC at El Paso Founding Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Veronica Mallett, believes progressive policies such as reducing elective inductions, waiting until 39 weeks and providing mothers the option of a vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC) have made the difference. “Our goal as obstetricians is to allow nature to take its course, as often as possible,” said Dr. Mallett. “The desires of our patients come first, but we encourage them to do what is best for their babies and their bodies.” Congratulations on a job well done Dr. Mallett.

Convocation & Commencement – Our second class of Paul L. Foster School of Medicine students graduate today, May 16, at the Plaza Theatre. Our guest speaker is Dr. Alicia Monroe, senior dean of education and senior vice president of academic and faculty development at Baylor College of Medicine. She is well versed in physician-patient communication, health behavior change and cultural competence. We look forward to hearing what inspirational words she has to share with us. Please join us as our students reach the milestone of physician and venture off to make their mark in medicine.

Meet the President – Next Wednesday, May 21 at 3 p.m. in the MEB, Aud. 1100, everyone is invited to a news conference announcing our new president and Paul L. Foster SOM Dean Dr. Richard Lange. A meet and greet will be held shortly after in the MEB lobby area. This is the perfect opportunity to hear his vision for the campus and goals for the future.