Oct 1, 2009

New Med School Opens on the Border - Podcast TMA

In July, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine opened its doors to an inaugural class of 40 students. The Foster School of Medicine is the first new medical school in Texas in more than 30 years and the only medical school located on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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The cover story in the October issue of Texas Medicine takes an in depth look at the Foster School of Medicine and some of the things that make it unique among Texas medical schools. In this installment of Podcast TMA, Jose Manuel de la Rosa, MD, founding dean of the Foster School of Medicine; Manuel Schydlower, MD, professor of pediatrics and associate dean for admissions; and Brian Tobin, PhD, associate dean of medical education and founding chair of the Department of Medical Education, discuss the start of medical school classes and their unique approach to medical education. This installment covers:

  • The opening of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.
  • The school’s “holistic” approach to medical school admissions.
  • An “integrated” curriculum that bases instruction on organ systems and promotes clinical experiences in the earliest stages of medical school education.
  • The school’s emersion of its students in the cultural, language, and family dynamics of border residents.
  • The Foster School of Medicine’s plans for future expansion.

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