From the Desk of the Founding President and Dean

Clinical Simulation Conference of West Texas – Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso is opening its doors and welcoming community health care professionals to its second annual Clinical Simulation Conference of West Texas: Bridging Education Gaps to Improve Patient Outcomes, October 9 – 11 at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) Medical Education Building, 5001 El Paso Drive. The conference will examine current issues in clinical competency in medical training and practice, and provide hands-on practice with experts and state-of-the-art clinical simulators in developing and assessing essential clinical competence. For more information, please contact Jesia Boykin at jesia.boykin@ttuhsc.edu or call (915) 783-6204.

Sprint for Sparks – On Sunday, October 12, the inaugural Sprint for Sparks 5K Race/Walk takes place on Scenic Drive. This event has been organized by the PLFSOM Class of 2017 students. All proceeds will benefit the expansion of the Sparks Community Center, which provides educational programs, mentoring opportunities, and career services to adults with special needs. Our students “adopted” the Sparks Community Center because they are committed to providing care to those most in need through community collaboration. To learn more, go to www.facebook.com/sprintforsparks or register at http://www.ttuhsc.edu/studentservices/organizations/plfsga2017.aspx.

Blood Drive – I am delighted to share that 70 units of blood were donated to United Blood Services by TTUHSC El Paso students, faculty and staff this week. For their generosity, each donor received credits that can be used toward the purchase of movie tickets and other fun items. In addition, they were entered into a drawing to win a Super Bowl Package and received a free cholesterol screening! Many thanks to all who donated their life saving blood, and especially to Pilar Sanchez, executive associate, Office of Clinical Affairs, and Mike Perez, programmer analyst III, MPIP, for making the time to coordinate this vital blood drive.