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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Medical School

Mailing Address
3601 4th Street
Lubbock, Texas 79430
(806) 414-9608
School Information
"TTUHSC educates students, provides patient care and conducts biomedical and clinical research. We graduate the most health care professionals in the state of Texas. Nationally recognized for innovative programs, academic achievement, and our cutting-edge research, we are training the next generation of highly qualified health professionals. To date we have trained more than 28,000 health care professionals who are serving patients and driving medical discovery in tangible, life-changing ways – both for the 2.75 million people in our immediate service area and around the world" (Source: Founded in 1969, TTUHSC consists of six schools.
General Information
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center has engaged in several anti-racism efforts. This includes goals made to revise the curriculum in order to incorporate concepts of health disparities. Furthermore, anti-racism and discrimination reports will be able to be reported directly to their newly created reporting system. Research is encouraged within the realm of bias in health and medicine. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine promotes “the recruitment, expansion, and retention of a diverse group of students, faculty and staff.”
  • The center's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion states that it "strives to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion through the removal of barriers for historically marginalized individuals to continue creating greater access."
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the Office of Graduate Medical Education actively recruit a "diverse community of learners, faculty, and staff into our community through institutional policy, faculty education on recruitment, trainee outreach through social media and recruitment at conferences, and [its] high school pipeline program."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences released a statement outlining the school’s “Commitment to Justice, Inclusion, and Equity.” This statement stated that the school will “continue to train our students and faculty in implicit bias.”
  • TTUHSC offered LGBTQIA “IGNITE! Training” on November 11, 2020.
  • The School of Medicine's Residency Programs hold "regular faculty development sessions on diversity to foster an inclusive workplace and raise awareness of implicit bias."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The school plans to "incorporate course materials on health disparities for all trainees and faculty."
  • The School of Medicine's Residency Programs provide a "broad education for our residents on topics ranging from cultural competency to social determinants of health, and we work to incorporate these principles into scholarly work and the care of a diverse group of patients."
Program and Research Funding
  • TTUHSC offers DEI Research Grants on any topic involving DEI or on “proposals that support DEI activities involving curriculum development and/or learning sciences that will impact student learning/training and institutional culture.”
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offers DEI scholarships such as the “Multicultural Faculty and Staff Association Endowed Scholarship.”
  • The center's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers several "2022-2023 DEI Research Grant[s]" of up to $15,000. These grants include the following topics: "Assessment of Geographical, Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Lubbock County and West Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center," "Curriculum Development and Assessment of Pediatric Residents Training in Social Determinants of Health," "Exploring the Use of Auxiliary Technology as Methods to Enhance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of Simulation-Based Experiences," and "Establishing a student-centered mentoring program for medical students underrepresented in medicine (URM) at the multi-campus system of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center."  
  • The school offers a page database dedicated to providing anti-racism resources.
  • TTUHSC offers LGBTQIA resources for gender identity.
  • On January 18, 2023, the Washington Examiner reported that the "medical school at Texas Tech University repeatedly touted its affirmative action plan in a survey for the Association of American Medical Colleges on its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, new documents show."
Symbolic Actions
  • On May 12, 2021, TTUHSC El Paso released an Anti-Racism and Racial Justice Statement. The school will "update the TTUHSC El Paso to include the Council on Diversity and Inclusion that will promote a sustainable culture of racial inclusivity and racial equity in the institution."
  • The school announced that it will "create an anonymous reporting mechanism by which patients, students, residents, staff, and faculty can report acts of racism and/or discrimination."
  • The school will "encourage research collaborations focused on addressing health disparities along our border and beyond."
  • TTUHSC has a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee that will “guide and hold the institution accountable on matters related to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.” The committee requires that those interested in serving on the committee commit to a set of statements such as “I will examine my own biases and beliefs and embrace the discomfort of this important work. I am open to receiving feedback when my biases and beliefs are not in alignment with the value of promoting dignity and respect for others.”
  • The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center has a Student Ambassadors for Diversity & Inclusion Council which requires that members “create opportunities and for students to engage in activities to advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) priorities” in addition to collaborating with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, among other commitments.
  • The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Global Health offers programs such as the Annual Cultural Competence Conference, which is “a monthly lecture and film series, programs for students, and administrative support for various committees, councils, and organizations.”
  • TTUHSC offers numerous different student organizations that promote diversity and inclusion.
Last updated August 11th, 2023
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