From the Desk of the Founding Dean

Chancellor TTU System –This week, the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents approved Texas Senator Robert Duncan as chancellor. He begins his duties as the system’s fourth chancellor on July 7. This is great news for the TTU System and El Paso. As I recently expressed, Senator Duncan has always been a strong supporter of our campus, and I believe that his leadership will continue moving El Paso’s university to greater heights.

DSRIP – Earlier this week, I testified in Austin before the House Committee on County Affairs regarding the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) initiative. All medical school deans were requested to present the achievements and challenges facing medical schools in fulfilling DSRIP requirements/Waiver 1115. DSRIP projects are designed to improve Texas’ health care delivery system, including access to care, quality of care, and health outcomes. I presented that leadership has leveraged DSRIP to expand educational programs, specifically the expansion of child and adolescent psychiatry, as well as access to health care for our patients.

Residency and Fellowship Graduation – Last night, 77 of our TTUHSC at El Paso resident physicians and four physicians acquiring a fellowship in sports medicine or child and adolescent psychiatry were recognized for completing their training.  The TTUHSC at El Paso Medical Education Commencement Ceremony was held at the Plaza Theatre. TTUHSC at El Paso continues to provide the region, and the country, with some of the finest physicians in their chosen specialty. Each physician also embodies knowledge of the intricacies found only in border medicine – which provides them with an edge only this school can provide. I wish them all the best.

Film Screening – The Office of Global Health Perspectives Film Series has amassed a fan base of employees soaking up the knowledge from its diverse selection of films. Next Thursday, June 19, a screening of “Honoring a Father’s Dream: Sons of Lwala” will take place at noon in the Medical Education Building in room 1110. It is an opportunity to observe what drives individuals from across the globe to preserve life and provide hope – and how they achieve this.