From the Desk of the Founding President and Dean

From the Desk of the Founding President and Dean

Breast Cancer Symposium – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the most common cancer found in women and the most common cause of death from cancer among Hispanic women. At the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso Center of Excellence in Cancer, dedicated breast cancer researchers focus on generations of women who have been touched by this disease in search of a tie to the disease…and a cure. For six years, TTUHSC El Paso faculty and staff have held the annual Breast Cancer Symposium, taking place this year on October 24, 2014, 9 a.m. – noon. This is a chance to hear from those who have vast knowledge on the disease and a desire to end it. To learn more, email emory.saucedo@ttuhsc.edu.

Medical Student Run Clinic – Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) students had lots to celebrate this week. Students and faculty gathered at the TTUHSC El Paso Medical Education Building courtyard yesterday to mark the first anniversary of the medical school’s Medical Student Run Clinic in the Sparks community, located in far east El Paso. These same students organized the very first Sprint for Sparks 5K Run/Walk this past weekend — with over 175 participants sprinting along Scenic Drive in an effort to stay healthy while supporting a worthy cause. The funds raised from the walk/run will enable students to continue providing medical care and support to this community. I am so very proud of this amazing group of students. Keep up the great work!

Nurse-Midwifery Group – For generations, the birth of many families began with women assisting women through the childbirth process – many times at home. These female helpers became known as midwives. In 1932, the first nurse-midwifery education program began in the United States. Today, many women and men interested in the science and art of midwifery study to become a certified nurse-midwife (CNM), which is a registered nurse with graduate education in midwifery and accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education. Aside from helping women deliver their babies, CNMs also provide general women’s healthcare through a woman’s lifespan. The TTUHSC El Paso Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology recently welcomed two new CNM additions. They are Bindu Poudel, DNP, CNM, WHNP, and Gayla Sholey, CNM . Learn more about them in this week’s Tech View blog.