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3/23/10

TTUHSC first in the country to have a three year family medicine program

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By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Tuesday, it was official.  The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine announced it is the first in the country to launch a new three year degree in family medicine, followed by a three year residency, which benefits more than just the student. 

"As we all know there's been sweeping healthcare reform recently, which will expand coverage," said Mike Ragain, M.D., the Chairman of Family Medicine at TTUHSC.  "Well the problem will be not enough doctors to take care of the patients so this will provide more doctors to care for patients out in communities."

Already, other medical schools across the country have expressed an interest in adopting this new plan from Texas Tech.

"The benefits for the student are they'll get through medical school quicker and that would decrease the amount of debt that they will end up with. The way that we're looking at it, perhaps as much as 50 percent," said Simon Williams, Ph.D., and Dean of Academic Affairs at TTUHSC.

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