Texas Tech University System to Partner With China University
September 14, 2006
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September 14, 2006
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LUBBOCK –The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine and Texas
Tech University are partnering with the College of Medicine at Lanzhou University
in Lanzhou, China, to foster cooperative teaching opportunities between the two countries.
Initial efforts of this partnership will be directed toward the exchange of information
regarding the treatment of cancer which will ultimately involve the UMC Southwest
Cancer Treatment and Research Center. Members of medical staffs from TTUHSC and Lanzhou
University will have the opportunity to review current techniques used in cancer management
at each facility.
This partnership within the Texas Tech University System includes the TTUHSC School
of Medicine and the Texas Tech College of Arts and Sciences in order to develop new
teaching programs with medical physics. Jane Winer, Ph.D., dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences, said this is a unique partnership. “This is a wonderful addition
to our teaching role in the Lubbock community,” Winer said.
With only about 3,000 medical physicists, the United States is suffering from a shortage.
The immediate need is for approximately 250 to 300 new medical physicists per year,
but only 50 to 60 are being trained and educated. A recent survey by the Health Physics
Society shows that present demand for radiation safety professionals is at approximately
130 percent of supply.
Bernhard T. Mittemeyer, M.D., interim president of the TTTUHSC, said in the long-run,
patients will benefit from this collaborative effort.
“Anytime we can anticipate the need for health care professionals and take steps to
provide the most qualified training and access to national and international experts,
in this case medical physicists, patients will definitely benefit,” Mittemeyer said.
“Our appreciation goes out to everyone involved including Barbara Pence, Ph.D., associate
dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and Jon Vordermark, M.D., professor
of surgery and pediatrics in the Department of Urology.”
Todd Cepica, PT, administrative director at the UMC Southwest Cancer Treatment and
Research Center, said the center welcomes a program such as this. “As an academic
cancer center committed to excellence, we are proud to support endeavors which improve
the future of cancer care.”
TTU’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources also will serve as a
regular contributor to the project. Marvin Cepica, Ph.D., dean of the college, supports
the program via an earlier agreement, co-authored by Vivien Allen, Ph.D., Horn Professor
in the CASNR, signed two years ago by TTU and Lanzhou University. “The previous relationship
has been tremendously successful,” said Cepica. “Institutions that form partnerships
such as this will see their stature and effectiveness rise in the future.”
The current agreement is the result of the efforts by Yumin Li, M.D., chairman and
professor of surgery at Lanzhou University College of Medicine, and William Kubricht,
chief of clinical physics in the Division of Radiation Oncology at the UMC Southwest
Cancer Treatment and Research Center.