Jun 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Program for Academic Support & Enrichment (PASE)


PLFSOM Office of Student Affairs - Student Success & Academic Support

The PLFSOM Office of Student Affairs provides academic support to PLFSOM students through five main initiatives: peer tutoring, success coaching, growth workshops, career advising, and an early alert system. Each initiative offers a unique approach to academic support allowing the Student Success team to address the needs of a diverse student population.

Success Coaching provides students an opportunity to establish a coaching relationship with a Student Success staff member. Together the student and staff member discuss the student’s educational experience to collaboratively develop a plan for effectively meeting the student’s academic and professional goals. Each plan is tailored to the student’s goals, strengths, areas of improvement and situation. Students will meet with their Academic Coach for multiple coaching sessions each semester to discuss progress towards goals, identify barriers to achieving goals, and develop solutions to overcoming obstacles.

Students who are interested in taking advantage of this resource can contact Glenn Yri, Director for Student Success, at glenn.yri@ttuhsc.edu.

Medical Student Teaching Center

The Medical Student Teaching Center (MSTC) at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) was founded in 2010 under the direction of Dr. Tammy Salazar. The center was created to provide peer academic support to medical students. The Paul Foster endowment grant provides the MSTC with funds to hire, train, and pay between 10 and 15 new Teaching Assistants (TAs) each year. These medical student employees provide individual and group tutoring sessions to their peers. The majority of tutoring sessions are hosted by second- year medical student TAs for the benefit of the first-year medical students.

Each week, the MSTC hosts two large group sessions: TA Tuesdays and Objective Fridays. Medical students are also able to take advantage of individual or small group tutor sessions. Teaching Assistants also provide mandatory tutoring services to first- and second-year students in remediation. Although the majority of current MSTC programming is focused on serving first-year medical students, the MSTC also provides support to other student populations by offering sessions focused on preparation for USMLE Step exams, NBME exams (e.g. Shelf exams and CEYE), OSCEs, third-year clerkship rotations, and fourth-year residency applications and interviews.

Students who are interested in taking advantage of this resource can contact Glenn Yri, Director for Student Success, at glenn.yri@ttuhsc.edu. A list of Teaching Assistants and their contact information will also be made available to all first year medical students shortly before the completion of immersion.

Disability Support Services

The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) is committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities for all students with documented disabilities (e.g. mental health, attentional, learning, chronic health, sensory, or physical). Accommodations are not provided retroactively and students are encouraged to register with the DSS office as soon as they begin their academic program. For more information on the TTUHSC EL Paso services offered to students please visit the Institutional Academic and Disability Support website at https://elpaso.ttuhsc.edu/studentservices/office-of-academic-and-disability-support-services/default.aspx

For assistance with disabilities please contact: Hector Noriega, Assistant Director for Academic and Disability Support Services by phone or email: 915-215-6018, Hector.Noriega@ttuhsc.edu

Libraries

We are currently in Phase I of campus operations. The libraries and study spaces will be accessible to all students, with the following rules.

MEB Study Rooms and 2nd Floor Classrooms

  1. Rooms may only be used through the libraries’ reservation system https://elpaso- ttuhsc.libcal.com/
  2. All persons in attendance in the room must be listed on the reservation with their R Numbers.

24/7 Study Areas (AEC Library and East side of MEB Library)

  1. Use swipe card access provided by your TTUHSC El Paso ID card to enter libraries if the doors are locked.
  2. Occupants may be traced through security video.

The TTUHSC El Paso Libraries are located in three buildings on opposite ends of the campus. The Delia Montes- Gallo Library is located on the first floor of the Academic Education Center (AEC) building across from Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso (4801 Alberta Avenue). The AEC library has study carrels, a copier, and a computer room with both PCs and Macs.

The Doris F. Eisenberg Library is located on the second floor of the Medical Education Building (MEB). This location has a “quiet room,” a conference room and a study room. There are also three small group study rooms located directly outside of the MEB library. In addition, the MEB Library provides students with 24/7 access to study carrels and tables at which students may study and connect to the network via Ethernet cables or Wi-Fi. Computer stations are available for use as well (both PC and Mac).

The MSB II Library is located on the first floor of the Medical Sciences Building on 137 Rick Francis St.

Please visit the libraries’ website at http://elpaso.ttuhsc.edu/libraries/ for detailed information. Some of the services available to students, faculty and staff include:

  • Reference assistance - both in-person (M-F 8:00 am-5:00 pm) and online
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Library instruction classes (individual or group)
  • Delivery of print materials from the libraries’ remote storage location
  • Poster and 3D printing services