TTUHSC leading the way in family medicine - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/18/10

TTUHSC leading the way in family medicine

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock may have the solution to a nationwide shortage of primary care doctors. A first of its kind program developed at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center could be just the right medicine.

In Thursday's ‘Match Day' medical students learned where they will be spending their residencies for the next several years… but it didn't come cheap or fast. Four years of raking up medical school debt is the very reason there's a shortage in primary care.

To address this issue, doctors in Tech's School of Medicine created the Family Medicine Accelerated Track Program that will entice more students to join the family medicine practice, a field many students skip over for the higher paying medical jobs.

Texas Tech's School of Medicine Dean Dr. Steven Berk has been working on this program for years. Berk says this program changes the way medicine is taught and will mean big things for the medical community nationwide. "We're trying to develop a program that's more attractive to bring students into the field of family medicine. That's the field that is really most needed around the nation and particularly the state of Texas," said Berk.

With a more focused curriculum, it will only require a three year degree rather than four years. The huge debt from medical school will also be dramatically lowered. Students won't have to pay for a fourth year, and additional scholarships will be offered to the top students for their first year, cutting debt in half.

Berk says several other universities have already taken interest in the new program. Texas Tech will begin the fast track program with the medical students who were just accepted into the School of Medicine.

©2010 KCBD NewsChannel 11. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Weekend Outlook: Nice Saturday, Fire Weather returns Sunday

    Weekend Outlook: Nice Saturday, Fire Weather returns Sunday

    Saturday, March 25 2017 7:57 AM EDT2017-03-25 11:57:35 GMT
    Saturday, March 25 2017 7:57 AM EDT2017-03-25 11:57:35 GMT
    We are starting off the weekend cool, but warmer temperatures are on the way along with a break from high winds today. Sunday we will a combination of warm temperatures and southwesterly winds sustained at 20-30 mph in the afternoon hours. With high temperatures, low relative humidity values and high winds, we will see the return of an elevated risk for wildfires.
    We are starting off the weekend cool, but warmer temperatures are on the way along with a break from high winds today. Sunday we will a combination of warm temperatures and southwesterly winds sustained at 20-30 mph in the afternoon hours. With high temperatures, low relative humidity values and high winds, we will see the return of an elevated risk for wildfires.
  • Epic collapse of GOP health care bill puts effort into limbo

    Epic collapse of GOP health care bill puts effort into limbo

    Saturday, March 25 2017 4:18 AM EDT2017-03-25 08:18:31 GMT
    Saturday, March 25 2017 4:18 AM EDT2017-03-25 08:18:31 GMT

    The failure of House Republicans to repeal and replace Barack Obama's health care law was nothing short of an epic, self-inflicted collapse.

    The failure of House Republicans to repeal and replace Barack Obama's health care law was nothing short of an epic, self-inflicted collapse.

  • US immigration judge grants asylum to Singapore teen blogger

    US immigration judge grants asylum to Singapore teen blogger

    Saturday, March 25 2017 3:39 AM EDT2017-03-25 07:39:44 GMT
    Saturday, March 25 2017 3:39 AM EDT2017-03-25 07:39:44 GMT

    An immigration judge in Chicago has granted asylum to a Singapore teen whose online posts criticizing his government landed him in jail.

    An immigration judge in Chicago has granted asylum to a Singapore teen whose online posts criticizing his government landed him in jail.

Powered by Frankly