About the Office
In 1999, then Texas Tech System Chancellor John T. Montford shared with the Board
of Regents a vision for a full-fledged four-year medical school in El Paso. A four-year medical school in El Paso could help alleviate a severe shortage of
physicians in the area. Currently, there are less than 110 physicians for every 100,000
people in El Paso. The national average is 198 physicians per 100,000 population.
The Texas average is only 150 per 100,000. Studies have shown that most medical students
remain in the region in which they received their education to establish their practices.
The addition of the first two years of the medical school will allow students from
El Paso and nearby regions to complete their education near home. It is hoped this
effort will help retain doctors in the area.
Return to President's Executive Council
TTUHSC is a component of the Texas Tech University System. The President of TTUHSC reports to the Chancellor, who is the Chief Executive Officer of the System. The Chancellor and the President
are responsible to the Texas Tech University Board of Regents, which sets overall policy for the Texas Tech University System, Texas Tech University,