June 1, 2005
CONTACT: Suzanna Cisneros Martinez, suzanna.martinez@ttuhsc.edu

LUBBOCK – Forty-two El Paso area high school students are getting an early glimpse at college life. These students will visit the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to experience hands-on health-related activities Thursday (June 2).

Students will hear from different health care experts to explore careers in medicine, nursing, pharmacy and allied health professions. They also will participate in hands-on activities in the anatomy laboratory, nursing simulation center and physical and occupational therapy labs.

Health Sciences Center President M. Roy Wilson, M.D., M.S. said this provides the Health Sciences Center an opportunity to educate potential students about health care careers. “We are pleased to have these students in our institution,” Wilson said. “One of our goals is to increase the number of under-represented minority students so that tomorrow’s health care professionals are more reflective, racially and ethnically, of the population we serve.”

From 9 a.m. to 10:20 a.m., students will visit the Clinical Simulation Center, a hands-on training facility to learn and practice medical skills in a stress-free environment. The center, located in room 3C117, provides manual and computerized mannequins that represent diverse medical conditions.

The trip is sponsored by the Office of Border Health at the Texas Tech El Paso School of Medicine, in cooperation with HETCAT (Health Education Training Centers Alliance of Texas).

The Office of Border Health was established in 1994 to specifically address the health care issues of the Texas-Mexico border and its citizens by recruiting young citizens to careers in health care, developing outreach programs to improve health care, and studying policy issues that impact Texas Tech’s role in health care. The office also serves as the headquarters for the West Region Program Office of HETCAT.