EL PASO — For the first time ever, El Paso was home to an accredited four year medical school.
The Liaison Committee on Medical Education approved Texas Tech's Paul L. Foster School of medicine accreditation for the next eight years.
The accreditation process started in 2008, when the school received provisional accreditation allowing the school to recruit students.
The founding dean of the medical school said this is a big accomplishment for the school and the community.
“This is something that El Paso started working on back in 1997… to have its own medical school, to be able to provide an economic engine for jobs, for the community to be able to provide research in Hispanic diseases, to be able to provide our own doctors that are trained in El Paso is a tremendous step," said Jose Manuel de la Rosa.
The committee praised the school strengths in numerous areas, including the school's mission, its curriculum, steps to minimize student debt and the faculty's commitment.
The medical school's inaugural class of 40 students will graduate in May.
The committee will review the school again in 2015.