About the School of Medicine
Welcome to the School of Medicine!
In almost every state in our country, medicine is being practiced by graduates of
the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. We have an exciting
story to tell… a story retold and reinvented each time a graduate makes a mark on
Since 1969, we have graduated nearly 4,000 physicians. Our original charter by the 61st Texas Legislature was to place more physicians
in West Texas, an area of the state where many counties had none. At that time, there
was only one physician for every 1,300 residents or more across the region. Today,
we are proud that more than 20 percent of the practicing physicians in West Texas
graduated from our medical school and/or residency programs, and there is now one
physician for every 750 people. In 2010, we launched the Family Medicine Accelerated
Track, which enables students an option to graduate in three years. The first program
of its kind in the country, this educational initiative begins to address the growing
need for primary care physicians.
Our departments conduct research and foster scientific discovery that translate into
better health solutions. From aging, cancer, diabetes, addiction, and infectious diseases – just to name a
few – the School of Medicine’s strategy to enhance research programs is through supporting
the faculty, students, residents, and staff with every available professional resource
and expertise. A major initiative for the school is to provide quality lab space,
recruit creative, innovative research faculty, and to develop graduate students and
postdoctoral fellows for lifelong careers in medical research.
Texas Tech Physicians is the largest group practice in West Texas with more than 450
full-time clinical faculty. The wide range of specialties and sub-specialties comprising the practice allow
us to touch the lives of more than 224,000 patients each year.
I hope you share with me in the excitement of the many changes and positive efforts
being made to make the School of Medicine a premier place to work, study, and receive
the latest medical care and treatment in West Texas!
Steven L. Berk, M.D.
Dean, School of Medicine