Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine Review
The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine is a 4-year MD-granting program that welcomed its first class in 1970. The School of Medicine was originally founded to train more physicians to serve the underserved population of West Texas. They pioneered the first 3-year family medicine program that allows students to complete medical school in 3 years, saving both time and money. Students have the opportunity for clinical experience within the first year. By the fourth year, students are allowed the flexibility to build their own clinical experiences based on their interests.
Founded in 1969, the TTUHSC School of Medicine has continually worked to address the shortage of physicians in West Texas by providing quality, innovative educational opportunities to medical students and residents who serve as competent and compassionate medical professionals for the region and the state of Texas. The medical education program emphasizes the principles of primary care and provides sound inter-disciplinary and inter-professional training that integrates basic sciences knowledge, clinical skill, diversity, and a humanistic approach focusing on high standards and comprehensive evaluation. The school's medical practice, Texas Tech Physicians, strives to utilize state-of-the-art technology to effectively meet the growing needs of a diverse and largely rural patient population through strong partnerships with clinical affiliates. Principles of teamwork, humanistic care, and cost effectiveness are embedded into the practice of medicine. The research strategy of the school is to develop insights into the science of medicine, treatments, prevention, and cures, and enhanced methods for managing patient illness, with an emphasis on opportunities for medical student research. Centers of Excellence and Institutes work toward defined areas of excellence where contributions on a national level can be made.
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To be known for excellence in teaching, patient care, and scientific contributions that enhance the health care of communities in the region.
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