Welcome to the New PLFSOM Blog

Welcome to the New PLFSOM Blog

Tech View News Blog  Welcome to the new Paul L. Foster School of Medicine news blog.  I hope you enjoy the new format which you can access from just about anywhere.  Enjoy!

Raleigh Ross Scholarship Program – The TTUHSC El Paso Surgery Residency Program is now a member of the Texas Surgical Society Raleigh Ross Scholarship Program. This annual unrestricted grant will be dedicated to furthering the education of our general surgery residents. As you are aware, our longstanding program has a notable track record of graduating surgery residents who have distinguished themselves in both academic surgery and private practice.  Many of our graduates have also chosen to stay in the El Paso region and other areas of Texas. The inaugural scholar, Dr. Victor Phuoc, chief resident in the Department of Surgery has been selected to attend the 193rd semi-annual meeting in El Paso this April.

Baby Café CelebrationThe Baby Café at the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing will celebrate its fifth anniversary this Friday, February 14 with a ‘Share the Love’ event open to the public from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  The Baby Café began in 2008 as a project of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso Department of OB/GYN, University Medical Center of El Paso (UMC), Paso Del Norte Health Foundation, and the Texas Department of Health’s Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention Program. A passionate proponent of breastfeeding, Baby Café Director Libby Berkeley, relishes the opportunity to share the fact that breastfeeding is the healthiest, most affordable, and environmentally sound way to nourish your child — and one of the most amazing things that comes with breastfeeding is the bond that develops between a mother and her child.

Go Red – I encourage employees and students to bring awareness to Heart Month in February by wearing red. Women especially are at a higher risk for stroke. Did you know that in the U.S., stroke is now more common in women than men. According to the American Heart Association, more than half of the 795,000 strokes that occur each year occur in women. The disease is also more deadly, with about 60 percent of stroke deaths happening in women. Our Chairman for the Department of Internal Medicine and Professor of Cardiology Dr. Debabrata Mukherjee was recently interviewed by a news station about the cardiovascular disease fellowship within the Division of Cardiology. I was not surprised to learn that over 400 fellowship applications were received for just two slots this year. Dr. Mukherjee’s department’s work in helping build the program is the reason why so many physicians nation-wide want to come to El Paso to study cardiovascular disease. The need for more doctors trained to identify and treat this killer–heart disease–is great. Please read Dr. Mukherjee’s article below on heart healthy behavior to prevent heart problems.


– Jose Manuel de la Rosa, M.D.