November 13th, 2013
The New Mexico State University (NMSU) College of Health and Social Services' School of Nursing is receiving a $125,000 gift from Memorial Medical Center of Las Cruces. The Memorial Medical Center Endowed Faculty Development Fund, which spans five years, will create a 3-D wall featuring a visual and audio history of the NMSU School of Nursing on the first floor of the health and social services building with $15,000 from the contribution. The college is partnering with the art department to design and fabricate the wall. The college plans to unveil the display in the spring. The remainder of the donation will... [more]
September 21st, 2013
The Commission on Dental Accreditation conducted a site visit evaluation of the advanced specialty education program in oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program, which is sponsored by William Beaumont Army Medical Center. During the visit, the initial accreditation granted for the oral and maxillofacial surgery was "initial accreditation (1)." This was a pre-graduation visit, and the first class graduated in July following this visit. At its Aug. 8 meeting, the commission considered the pre-graduation site visit on the oral and maxillofacial surgery program. Based upon this review, the commission adopted a resolution to grant the program the accreditation status of "approval without... [more]
August 23rd, 2013
Sixteen students are now enrolled in UTEP's new master's and doctoral degree programs in biomedical engineering for the 2013 Fall Semester, according to Thomas Boland, PhD. The deadline for students to apply for the the Spring Semester is Sept. 3, 2013. Online application
UTEP approved to offer Master's and doctoral degrees in biomedical engineering [posted July 29, 2013]
The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) received approval on July 25 for master's and doctoral degree programs in biomedical engineering. Approval was handed down from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The curriculum will have a strong focus on biomedical engineering... [more]
August 15th, 2013
New Mexico State University-Alamogordo is working to replace its Associate Degree in Nursing program with a potential Associate Degree in Allied Health. The new degree could eventually produce workforce-ready students interested in pursuing health careers. It also would provide a foundation for students seeking a bachelor's in nursing.
The program change is meant to ease the difficulty encountered by rural community colleges to recruit and retain qualified nursing faculty for ADN programs. The proposal must still go through the NMSU's academic approval process, but the university hopes to have it in place for students by fall 2014.
If approved, it will provide a 2+2... [more]
August 1st, 2013
A collaborative effort to teach medical residents, nursing graduate students, psychology graduate students and pharmacy graduate students together through interprofessional education was the goal of the first-ever Summer Geriatric Interprofessional Clinical Immersion held by New Mexico State University. The weeklong program, which occurred July 15-19, enrolled 19 students. The program was made possible through the $810,000 grant received earlier this year by the College of Health and Social Services. The program’s purpose is to increase capacity for geriatric education in Southern New Mexico.
In addition to working in teams of a nursing student, medical resident, a psychology student and a pharmacy student, they... [more]
July 30th, 2013
The University of Texas at El Paso’s School of Nursing has received $220,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The money comes from New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN), which awards scholarships to assist college graduates from underrepresented backgrounds to transition into careers in nursing. .
The school recently awarded $120,000 in scholarships to 12 students to enter UTEP’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Fast Track Program during the 2013-14 academic year. In June, the school was one of 52 schools of nursing that was awarded $100,000 to provide 10 NCIN scholarships to... [more]
July 25th, 2013
Judge Les Smith and his wife, Judy have recently created the Smith Current Use Emergency Fund to encourage New Mexico State University’s nursing students to stay in school even when they are facing difficult times.
Jennifer Cervantes, assistant dean at the College of Health and Social Services, described the emergency fund as the first of its kind in the college.
“It has tremendous long-term impact,” she said. “Unfortunately no amount of planning can guard against every contingency, and there are times when a student’s financial circumstances can suddenly change. This fund would allow the School of Nursing to help students who would otherwise drop... [more]
July 8th, 2013
The University of Texas at El Paso School of Nursing admitted its first summer cohort to its traditional BSN program this semester, which began in May and runs until Aug. 23.
Eighty-five students are expected to complete the nursing program in less than two years, according to a university news release.
Each fall and spring semester, the nursing program receives about 300 to 400 applications, out of which 90 students are admitted. This year, the school was able to expand its student capacity with support from clinical partners, who are providing additional clinical placement sites at acute care and ambulatory care facilities.
Compared to the... [more]
June 27th, 2013
The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso recently received notice of approval from the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) & Society of Reproductive Surgeons (SRS) for a fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery (MIGS). This marks the first official fellowship for the department as it continues to seek additional advanced training programs in other areas such as maternal fetal medicine and pelvic reconstructive surgery. Fellows in the MIGS two-year program are expected to present annually at national conferences and complete two research projects worthy of publication.... [more]
May 30th, 2013
Students of the inaugural class of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine successfully reached their goal of becoming physicians; and, they set the bar high with strong test scores and impressive standings during the match process. The 40 students attended the first convocation ceremony of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine May 17 at the historic Plaza Theatre in downtown El Paso. The ceremony included the symbolic hooding that inducts the graduates into the academic community of physicians.