Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso was awarded $330,923 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to develop and implement its Primary Care Innovation Program – the Longitudinal Primary Care Track (LPCT). “This grant focuses on increasing student leadership skills, mentoring and professional development and patient advocacy,” said Charmaine Martin, M.D., associate professor and director of medical student education in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. “It is exciting to be able to offer medical students who are interested in primary care additional experiences to enhance their abilities.”
The LPCT is an interdisciplinary, innovative, complementary curriculum that will provide 20 first-year Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) students with unique training experiences and credentials during medical school. The program will capitalize on early exposure to broad aspects of primary care, which has been demonstrated to be effective at improving students’ attitudes towards primary care. Exposure to working with underserved populations and in rural areas is also a predictor of interest in primary care that will be emphasized in this curriculum.
Martin is the primary investigator on this grant. Eribeth Penaranda, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, provided key mentorship throughout the grant process. Harry Davis, M.D., from the Department of Internal Medicine, and Lyn Hernan, M.D., from the Department of Pediatics, will partner with Martin to implement the project.