Madeline Stickler November 17, 2015 PHP 1105 #628 Texas Tech Paul L. Foster School of Medicine " The mission of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine is to provide an outstanding education and development opportunities for a diverse group of students, residents, faculty and staff; advance knowledge through innovation and research; and serve the needs of our socially and culturally diverse communities and regions " (Texas Tech,1). Texas Tech Paul L. Foster School of Medicine is located in El Paso, Texas, is the 9th medical school in Texas and was established only 8 years ago in 2007. The first four year class was anticipated to begin in August of 2009 and is currently generally ranked as the ninth top medical school in Texas. To be considered a successful applicant, students must have completed a Bachelor degree or its equivalent, ninety semester hours including all prerequisite courses required for admission at a university. The prerequisites for Paul L. Foster School of Medicine are as follows: 12 semester hours of Biology, 2 semester hours of Biology Lab, 3 semester hours of Biochemistry, 8 semester hours of General Chemistry and Lab, 8 semester hours of Organic Chemistry and Lab, 3 semester hours of Calculus or Statistics, and 6 semester hours of English. A grade average of C must have been achieved for these courses to count and of course, the MCAT is required for admission. Admission applications are processed through the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service and will be reviewed for completeness and admission requirements such as MCAT scores, BCMP GPA, overall GPA, extracurricular activities, recommendations, personal statement, and determination for a career in medicine. Students who are selected based on their application will be invited to a full day of orientation for the medical school and interviews. The interviews are conducted from early August to January and every potential candidate must undergo an interview. The interview process includes evaluation of the students knowledge and passion of the health care field, personal characteristics, general problem solving skills, and will be mainly focused on the non-academic criteria. After completing the first interview process, an Admissions Committee will review the evaluations fro ever candidate and make the decision of admission and all decisions will are final. Based on the committees decision, the students will be ranked on the best qualified for the practice of medicine. Match results from TMDSAS will be announced in the beginning of February and those who are accepted will receive information the summer upon entering the medical school containing information on books needed, class schedules, housing, and contact information along with the standards that must be obtained in the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, a physical, and a background check. The Paul L. Foster School of Medicine admission guidelines stand for no discrimination of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or religion. No single factor will be used to admit or decline an applicant to this school, but the admissions office will examine each application for suitability and varied backgrounds. In the entering 2015 class, with a total of 3,695 applicants, the average GPA was 3.58 and the average MCAT score was 28.5. The acceptance rate for this years class was only 2.7%, as only 548 of the almost 4,000 applicants were granted interviews. The current enrollment at Paul L. Foster School of Medicine is 255, which is roughly 57% less than the average for all Medical Schools , producing roughly 100 students that matriculate. The current total expenses for a first year medical student is $38,503 and $51,503 for non residents, but the school offers many academic scholarships based on merit and success. The Paul L. Foster School of Medicine offers a dual degree program leading to a medical degree and a Masters in Public Health and gives students the opportunity to consider this track and minimize duplicated course content and reduce time and costs compared to earning independent degrees. Unlike a traditional medical school, which requires students to wait until their third year of studies before they are introduced to the clinical sciences, students at Paul L. Foster are immersed into the basic and clinical sciences in their first year. Students learn anatomy, biochemistry, physiology and other basic