From the Desk of the Founding Dean

Leadership Retreat – This week, a historic event took place. The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso held its first leadership retreat in Ruidoso, New Mexico. The Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing held individual leadership retreats and then on Thursday came together with the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences to discuss how to move forward as a new university. Discussion topics included collaboration between schools and the process for creating a mission and vision statement.

Screen Shot 2014-02-26 at 4.39.43 PMWilled Body Program – You may already know about the Willed Body Program at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, but you might not know that we had a great response from our community about the program. According to Heather Balsiger, faculty associate in anatomy, gross anatomy lab manager as well as the manager of our Willed Body Program, spoke to 34 people who asked for donation forms to be mailed to them the day after an article in the local newspaper ran a story on it. Another three sent an email message and one gentleman stopped by the medical school and signed the forms before he left. I want to thank everyone, especially staff and faculty in the Department of Medical Education who worked hard to get this important program up and running.

Family Medicine Recognition – I’m proud to announce that our Family Medicine Center in the Northeast recently learned that the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has recognized the Center as a level one Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH-2011).  NCQA recognition as a PCMH is a widely recognized symbol of quality of patient care. Please read more about this honor and distinction in this Tech View.