Since opening its doors in January 2017, The Hospitals of Providence (THOP) Transmountain Campus has welcomed its first class of medical and nursing students from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso.
The hospital has an academic affiliation agreement with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) which authorizes THOP Transmountain Campus as a primary teaching site for medical students, residents, nurses and researchers from the university.
El Paso has long struggled with physician shortages. According to a report put out by Merritt Hawkings, El Paso has about 12.57 physicians per a 10,000 person population – that’s about half the physician workforce compared to the national average. To meet the community need for healthcare services in West El Paso, an additional 365 physicians that span 90 percent of all specialties are needed, and THOP Transmountain Campus, in partnership with TTUHSC, is providing a world-class training facility for up to 100 medical residents across a multi-year program. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, 68 percent of doctors end up practicing in the area where they are trained.
But bending the physician shortage curve is not the only thing the campus’s academic curriculum will help solve. Through its comprehensive nursing program, students are enrolled in an accelerated 16-month program at the facility, which includes services such as trauma, labor and delivery, general surgery, radiology, cardiovascular, oncology, orthopedics, and laboratory. The program will become especially important as Texas is expected to be among the top states with the largest nursing shortages (109,779 jobs) by 2030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Nico Tejeda, CEO of THOP Transmountain Campus, is excited about the hospital’s momentum and its first group of students.
“We are proud to be a part of their journey to becoming a medical professional,” said Tejeda. “They are an inspiring group and possess the many skills needed to have a successful career in medicine. We’re off to a great start as we build the program.”
THOP Transmountain Campus expands upon Tenet’s commitment to provide high-quality, compassionate care to the El Paso community while also encouraging state-of-the art training to the next generation of healthcare professionals.