Manuel Schydlower, M.D., associate academic dean for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Paul L. Foster School of Medicine admissions, wants to thank all faculty members who are serving as mentors by providing shadowing experiences for pre-med students. “These are very important for potential future applicants to our medical school to observe the realities of patient care experiences, particularly because of the role-modeling that you provide for them,” said Dr. Schydlower. “Shadowing also serves to confirm the student’s orientation and commitment toward a career in medicine. Most re-affirm this orientation, inspired by your example, and express it in their applications to medical schools identifying you as a significant influence.”
It is the policy of TTUHSC El Paso, approved by the faculty council, that these students meet entry criteria, including application, background check, immunizations, safety and HIPPAA training, health insurance, and if rotating at UMC, a drug screen and orientation. The policy precludes informal arrangements for observer-ships or mentoring. All clinical faculty colleagues are encouraged to volunteer as a shadowing mentor, and refer for clearance interested students who may seek faculty independently, by contacting Rene Andre, school liaison, office of admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-4408, or contact Dr. Schydlower with questions.