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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
  • Year founded: 2007
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 100
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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (TTUHSCPLFSOM)
Allopathic Medical School
El Paso
In-State Applicants Favored
  • SDN RANKING 3
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 2 34 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 4 1 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $14,550
  • Non - Resident Tuition $27,650
  • Application Fee $50
  • AVG MCAT 505
  • AVG GPA 3.6
  • LIZZYM Score 63.8

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Admissions Information

  • Office of Admissions
  • Medical Education Building, Suite 3314
  • 5001 El Paso Drive
  • El Paso 79905
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

In the coming years, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso will be the catalyst for enhancing first-rate medical care in the region, training more physicians and bringing more equity to the health care status of El Pasoans. The first four-year medical school on the U.S./Mexico border is expected to improve the local economy by $1.31 billion by the year 2013. TTUHSC at El Paso will also fill a niche in border and Hispanic health by leading research that will have a huge impact on the nation by contributing to literature dealing with Hispanics and diseases that affect the El Paso area – diabetes, obesity and depression.

Curriculum

With support from the Texas legislature, TTUHSC at El Paso seeks to expand to a four-year medical school. Third and fourth year medical students currently train at the El Paso campus, along with residents in eight accredited programs. Among the goals of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine is the provision of a medical education that is consistent with modern scientific principles, supportive of strong ethical principles, sensitive to the needs of the community, and committed to excellence.

Facilities

Medical facilities on the El Paso HSC include the Medical Science Building which is 93,000 square-foot facility will house 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. With the Hispanic population increasing throughout the United States, El Paso has become the new face of the nation. Understanding Hispanic and Border health issues will help scientists better understand the nation as a whole. Biomedical research conducted in El Paso will take on enormous importance and form the base of knowledge our country needs, for today and tomorrow. A medical classroom building was also completed in the late 2000s. The 125,000 square-foot building has four floors and a partial penthouse which house classrooms, a library, small group rooms, a clinical skills area for students, faculty and administrative areas, basic sciences labs, a gross anatomy lab, a student services area, and food services.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 32
Negatively 1
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
2.97 33

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.03 34

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Merlin application website is terrible" More from this Member | Report Response

"See general comments." More from this Member | Report Response

"Wish the hospital was included in the tour." More from this Member | Report Response

"n/a" More from this Member | Report Response

"It would have been nice to see the hospital on the tour." More from this Member | Report Response

"Be a little bit more organized. Try to solidify the student panel prior to the interview so we are not left guessing when it is or whether it will happen." More from this Member | Report Response

"You guys are amazing. See you this year." More from this Member | Report Response

"A tour of the hospitals/HSC" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really, they were amazing." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could include el paso community hospital in the tour, it would be awesome." More from this Member | Report Response

"Presentation on financial aid by admissions lacked enthusiasm." More from this Member | Report Response

"Amazing facilities!!!! Overall, the best facilities in Texas!" More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"I've interviewed a lot of people from your university. Why is that place so special? (in a nice way)." More from this Member | Report Response

"What year was HIPAA made a law?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the last book you read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about the ACA?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of law suits? Why do people sue doctors?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your leadership experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"So your father is a doctor. How did he affect your decision to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where in healthcare do you see yourself in 10 years? Where do you see healthcare going in that time as well?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about healthcare reform?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your research experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Just general questions from my application. What are you reading right now for pleasure?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about healthcare today/problems with healthcare?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about HPV vaccine" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewer 1 was an MD cardiologist- I see that you like art and played the violin, tell me about this, and why do you think many scientists are into the arts? Then he asked me about my SAT... Which I thought was weird since I have been out of high school for almost 10 years... Interviewer 2 was a PhD in physiology- I see that you got your masters degree, tell me about your research. Both asked about why medicine and why Tech El Paso..." More from this Member | Report Response

"First interview very conversational; second one he basically asked me any question you can think of. What do you know about alternative medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself? opening question." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about El Paso" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favorite book?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the city?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing specific, very conversational." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were in charge of fixing the health care system, what specifically would you do? Both interviewers were looking for specifics" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewer 1 & 2: Healthcare questions (especially the current bill)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewer A: Why Medicine? Interviewer B: Tell me about yourself (My life history, not school/activities related)" More from this Member | Report Response

"You are a small town doc and a patient comes in pregnant and confesses she still takes cocaine and drinks. What do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a difficult decision you've made." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me everything you know about HIV " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is the difference between mass and weight?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked about my thoughts on El Paso and the school. They really try to make sure you are enthusiastic about living in the city, or are able to stand it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you report a medical mistake made and subsequently corrected by a resident or attending that did not adversely affect the patient in the long run if he asked you to keep quiet?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Your patient has a malignancy and if you tell her something bad could happen. Would you tell her?" More from this Member | Report Response

"my interviews were very conversational." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your thoughts on alternative medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about end of life situations (such as euthanasia) and the physician's role in those situations?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Which would feel more comfortable with- taking a class with a very detailed, explanatory syllabus with detailed goals for the end, or a class with broader, less-defined goals, where you trust the professors to get you where you need to get, even though the road might not be a straight one?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of the experiences that brought you to be here today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about getting your Eagle Scout..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Say the parents of a sick child are against a treatment (she used the example of vaccines and the public's fear of it's connection to autism) what would you do, considering they are legally allowed to say no, even though you firmly believe this to be the best course of action?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were a doctor with a patient who won't quit smoking, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewer 1 was an MD cardiologist- What do you think about technology in the classroom, and why is it bad. He then told me about how he hated his students bringing their laptops to class... Interviewer 2 was a PhD in physiology- Where do you think the future of medicine is heading, and how will you be a part of it? Not as hard as it sounded at first since I have done a lot of medical research so I was able to give him a direct answer based in my field..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Patient living on Machine and his family wants him alive, but no one can pay for him. What would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"It you saw a classmate cheat on test, how would you respond?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you do to prevent failing out of med school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Diabetes is on the rise, people know certain foods/lifestyle choices are bad for them, yet they continue to partake in such activities. Why do you think this is?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who has influenced you from a medical standpoint?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The ethical questions were interesting even if they were a bit challenging... " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did I take this language class in college if I already knew it? ( Cant read or write and wanted to learn more history about it)" More from this Member | Report Response

"the first one" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you consider giving a placebo to a patient?" More from this Member | Report Response

"everything about HIV" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mission trip stuff" More from this Member | Report Response

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Individual Responses

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School Reviews

School Reviews

Results Overview

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 1

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 1

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

How is the cost of living (rent, food, bills, etc.)?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 1

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 1

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What do you like most about this school?

"Very clinically-oriented curriculum. And they give you a longer time to study for Step 1 than many schools." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Not as well-known of a school, yet." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"It's the only medical school with mandatory Spanish classes once a week. Pass/fail grading in years 1 and 2." | Report Response

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