Paul L. Foster School of Medicine

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Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
MottoFrom here, it's possible.
TypeState University
EstablishedNovember, 29th 2007[1]
FounderJose Manuel de la Rosa, MD
Academic staff
140+ [2]
Location, ,
AffiliationsTexas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso
Medical Education Building.

The Paul L. Foster School of Medicine is a medical school in El Paso, Texas at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. The Paul L. Foster School of Medicine is the 9th medical school in the state of Texas, and the medical school is the first one to open in almost four decades. As a result of the numerous financial donations, as well as state funds, The Paul L. Foster School of Medicine has the ability to expand, construct new buildings and hospitals, purchase elaborate training equipment, and hire nationally respected professors. This academic staff is able to train current students through the utilization of state of the art educational and skill enhancing technologies that are considered to be pioneering the medical education process for the next several decades.[3] An example of this ability is demonstrated through the advanced technologies employed in their large Clinical Simulation Center.


In November 2007 The Paul L. Foster School of Medicine celebrated a ribbon cutting for the second of the three buildings that will compose the medical school. This building was the Medical Education Building (MEB) of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. According to their website, the MEB is a four story building with "125,000 sq. ft., and includes a student services area, cafeteria, food prep area, classrooms, a library, evaluation areas, small group rooms, clinical skills areas, a simulation room, basic science labs and a gross anatomy lab. The first four-year medical school class is anticipated to be seated in August 2009." [4]


The Paul L. Foster School of Medicine curriculum is designed in a way where the medical students at the school will take four classes at the same time during their first two clinical science years. These core classes are scientific principles of medicine; society, community and individual; medical skills; and a masters' colloquium.

As compared to other medical education programs that stress months of studying microbiology and human anatomy, the curriculum is designed so that students will learn about symptoms such as ear infection, chest pain, shortness of breath, and stomach pain. They will need to identify the cause and the details of each cause and symptom. Through this process the relevant anatomy, microbiology, biochemistry, as well as the other traditional subjects will be integrated into the cases presentations of the 120 clinical scenarios.[5]

Because the USMLE Step 1 incorporates many clinical vignettes when testing the medical student's knowledge, it is believed that such a curriculum will result in much higher scores per student as compared to other Texas Medical Education Programs. Data regarding this belief will only be available after the first several groups of medical students have been educated through the Paul L. Foster School.


  • Anesthesiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
  • Garbar Breast Care Center

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• The TTUHSC has had a regional campus at this location since 1973 and has been training a large number of 3rd and 4th year medical students since this time. The facility now has approximately 1,200 faculty and staff members. For its first 35 years, only third- and fourth-year medical students, along with residents, could train in the campus's eight accredited programs. However, in February 2008, the school received full accreditation, allowing it to accept first- and second-year medical students into its postgraduate medical training.[6]

• The curriculum is designed to integrate basic and clinical sciences from the 1st year onward.

• The Center for Advanced Teaching and Assessment in Clinical Simulation - ATACS is over 1,000 square feet (93 m2). This facility is considered state of the art and employs the newest teaching technologies.

• TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine was ranked on the top 10 best cities for medical schools in premedlife magazine.[7]

• In 1998, TTUHSC El Paso celebrated 25 years serving the El Paso community. The following year, then-Texas Tech System Chancellor John T. Montford shared with the Board of Regents a vision for a full-fledged four-year medical school in El Paso to help alleviate a severe shortage of physicians in the area. Currently, there are less than 110 physicians for every 100,000 people in El Paso. The national average is 198 physicians per 100,000 patients. The Texas average is only 150 per 100,000. Studies have shown that most medical students remain in the region in which they received their education to establish their practices. The addition of the first two years of the medical school would allow students from El Paso and nearby regions to complete their education near home, in hopes of retaining doctors in the area.

• In 2001, longtime community philanthropists J.O. and Marlene Stewart donated 10.2 acres of land near the HSC for the new medical campus. The Paso del Norte Foundation approved a $1.25 million scholarship grant program for local students contingent on the approval of the four-year medical school.

• During the 2001 Texas Legislative Session (77th), the El Paso legislative delegation successfully spearheaded an effort to secure $40 million in tuition revenue bonds for the research facility, one of three buildings on the new campus, just a short walk from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center—as well as an $11 million clinic expansion project that took about two years, and added a third floor on the present TTUHSC El Paso Medical Center building.

• In 2002, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation announced a $1.25 million scholarship/grant loan program for TTUHSC El Paso students choosing to practice in El Paso. By working together with TTUHSC, the Foundation would help meet the demand for physicians and provide the perfect environment for area students to improve their medical education, while contributing to the health of our region.

• In 2003, Texas Governor Rick Perry visited the El Paso campus for a ceremonial signing of House Bill 28, article 10, which authorized Texas Tech to issue $45 million in tuition revenue bonds for the construction of a classroom/office building for a four-year medical school at the El Paso campus. The governor also announced an additional $2 million in funding to finance start-up costs and faculty salaries.

• TTUHSC El Paso Regional Dean Jose Manuel de la Rosa, M.D., was also appointed by President George W. Bush to the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission, recognizing TTUHSC as a national leader in border health issues. The bi-national commission developed and coordinated actions to improve the health and quality of life along the United States-Mexico border and studied ways to solve the border’s health problems, a mission that mirrors that of TTUHSC El Paso.

• On December 9, 2003, the ground breaking for El Paso Medical Science Building I took place, and two years later in January 2006, a ribbon cutting followed. The 93,000 square-foot facility houses research on diabetes, cancer, environmental health and infectious diseases, as well as a repository dedicated to data on Hispanic health and a genomic facility to link hereditary diseases in families.[8]


  1. ^ State of Texas and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. "Paul L. Foster School of Medicine".
  2. ^ State of Texas and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. "Clinical Departments".
  3. ^ "Southwest Economy – Spotlight: El Paso Medical School New Facility Kindles Hopes for Well-Paying Jobs". Archived from the original on December 5, 2009.
  4. ^ "Historic Ribbon Cutting in El Paso - Public and Media Invited to Tour Cornerstone Building of the Four-Year Medical School".
  5. ^ "Paul L. Foster School of Medicine students will learn theory, hands-on applications".
  6. ^ "Tech's El Paso medical school receives full accreditation". The Daily Toreador. February 8, 2008.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-28. Retrieved 2013-09-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER FACT BOOK 20th Edition" (PDF). TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER FACT BOOK 20th Edition. Retrieved 5 June 2014. External link in |website= (help)

Patient simulator in the Advanced Teaching and Assessment in Clinical Simulation(ATACS)Center.

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Coordinates: 31°46′18″N 106°25′51″W / 31.7718°N 106.4309°W / 31.7718; -106.4309