After 35 years of teaching Texas Tech University medical students in their third and fourth years, caring for large numbers of patients from El Paso and surrounding areas in partnership with Thomason Hospital, and extensive experience in clinical research, the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine has been approved as a four-year medical school within the Texas Tech University System.
"This is a watershed event, a great milestone in the history of El Paso and the Texas Tech System," said Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center President John Baldwin. "For nearly four decades, our El Paso campus has been a cornerstone in our medical education system at Texas Tech. Now, the efforts of countless thousands of citizens and community leaders of El Paso, philanthropists - large and small, public servants, the staff of Texas Tech and Thomason, and the current students have been appropriately recognized. After more than ten years of visionary planning and hard work, they have achieved what they deserve - a full-fledged four year medical school. It is a time for celebration and re-dedication to our mission of teaching, top-tier research, and patient care," Baldwin added.
Founding Dean Jose Manuel de la Rosa expressed "Thank you to the LCME [the national medical school accrediting agency], to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and System, to the Texas Legislature and its leadership, to our faculty, who have worked tirelessly in this long journey, and to all the people of El Paso." The school is now authorized to enter into agreement with the Texas Association of Advisors to the Health Professions, to begin accepting applications for the first class of students, to be seated in August of 2009. Texas Tech's Paul L. Foster School of Medicine will, over the next several years, grow to accept some 80 students per year.
Kent Hance, Chancellor of the Texas Tech System said that "we confidently expect El Paso's medical school to be a national leader in education, biomedical research, and clinical care, and we are positioning the people and resources to make certain that it does."
Source: Texas Tech University
NewsChannel 11 News Story Archives-2008