POSTED: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 12:14pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 12:20pm
EL PASO — An El Paso medical school has been approved for full accreditation for the next eight years, officials announced Monday.
The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine received the approval from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for a period of eight years.
The LCME, sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association, is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to a medical degree in the United States and Canada.
"It has been an arduous task moving the accreditation process to a successful outcome, but well worth it. The rewards can be seen everywhere," said Jose Manuel de la Rosa, M.D., Paul L. Foster School of Medicine founding dean and vice president for health affairs. "It is because of a team effort that our students, our city and the world now have the only fully accredited, four-year medical school on the U.S./Mexico border. We thank the El Paso community for helping make us what we are today - a symbol of their hope and pride in our community."
The accreditation approval process for the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine began in 2008 when the school received provisional accreditation that allowed it to begin recruiting students for its inaugural class of 40 students. That class, the Class of 2013, will graduate in May.
Students at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine are educated using an innovative approach that includes a clinical presentation curriculum with early clinical experiences.