From the Desk of the Founding President & Dean

From the Desk of the Founding President & Dean

Summer Batch – It was a great pleasure meeting the incoming class of Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) students, as their new dean, and TTUHSC El Paso founding president.  This new crop of 104 medical students is our largest class yet, and I can already tell they are bound for great things in terms of academic achievement and community involvement.  It is my privilege to watch them evolve as PLFSOM students into remarkable physicians.  Best of luck to each of them.

Texas Tech Physicians at Hague – This week, our newest Texas Tech Physicians (TTP) location opened at 125 W. Hague.  Physicians at this location provide primary care, along with access to specialists, so that students, faculty and staff from UTEP and residents in the surrounding area stay healthy.  While keeping this segment of our academic community well is important, our community-at-large, is always encouraged to visit any of our TTP sites around town.  By offering same day, walk-in and scheduled primary care appointments, access to quality healthcare couldn’t be easier.  Learn more about this TTP location in this week’s Tech View blog.

Campus Gems – The Walkin the Talk lectures and Global Health Perspectives Film Series are organized to provide students, staff and faculty with opportunities to learn about wellness topics and become mindful of global health issues.  The Campus Health Initiative Committee, which organizes the wellness lecture, brought in a CrossFit expert to explain the benefits of this diverse workout – and why so many are hooked on this exercise program.  Also, close to 70 individuals attended the Global Perspective Film Series screening of “The Immunization Wars”.  This documentary takes a hard look at what makes immunizations such a controversial topic, and how global health is affected by the outcome of our decisions regarding immunization.  Kudos to the organizers of both events.