From the Desk of the Founding Dean

Texas Tech/UMC – Last week, the University Medical Center Board chose to contract with a national firm to provide anesthesiology services. While we are disappointed, I would like to assure you that the rest of our residency and fellowship programs involving UMC remain strong. These are growing pains that all academic health science centers must go through and it is the natural evolution of a developing organization. These latest developments will open more doors and provide even better opportunities for the health sciences center – opportunities that will allow us to grow and thrive.

City of Choice Lecture – Speaking of thriving, last night, I was able to share our campus growth with the community during the “City of Choice Lecture Series” hosted by the Texas Tech University School of Architecture at the El Paso Museum of Art.  Dr. Diana Natalicio, President of UTEP and I spoke about the role universities play in making a city great and how they can serve as models for city development. I was able to show our own campus designs and visions for the future. It was a proud moment to represent El Paso’s newest university during this very important and enlightening discussion.

Spring Into Wellness – Our second Spring Into Wellness event is Friday, April 4th from noon to 5 p.m. The committee is working hard to top last year’s afternoon of fitness activities, healthy meals and amazing weather!  I’m certain the committee will outshine itself on the first two – and knowing El Paso we do – there’s about a 97 percent chance sunny skies will reign!  Before then, our Walking the Talk lecture series on March 5 from noon – 1 p.m. in MEB, room 1100, will focus on a favorite activity for many – ZUMBA!  Free lunch to the first 20 and a chance to dance your way into the second part of your day.  For now, take advantage of the amazing weather and go outside and enjoy this weekend.

– Jose Manuel de la Rosa, M.D.