PT Pintcast PT School of the Week: University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)

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Congratulations to University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) on being selected as the PT Pintcast PT School of the week. If you would like to nominate your program, fill out the form here.

Big thanks to current student Lily Jimenez (ljimenez8@miners.utep.edufor nominating University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)!

Name of Program
University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) DPT Program
Why is your program the best?
UTEP DPT is the best because, besides having a committee and amazing faculty, we have Spanish integrated into our courses and labs for everyone to practice their spanish skills and terminology. There are times when our teachers tell us “You have this patient, Spanish speaker only, and this is your initial eval. Go!” English speakers/beginners are paired with students who are intermediate/advanced speakers practice. Since we are located in the border between US and Mexico, more than half of our community is Hispanic and Spanish speaking. I went to Austin for my acute care
rotation, and half of my patients were Spanish speakers only. Most PTs didn’t speak Spanish, so many times I had to be there with them to treat the Spanish speakers. My program considers that a culturally competent PT will be able to achieve great things and will be able to be successful with patients who are Spanish speakers ONLY, found throughout the US with the rapidly growing Hispanic population. My program really does a great job trying to push everybody to speak Spanish, and I’ve seen my classmates improve in their Spanish skills when we are in labs.
What’s a strong point of your program? What’s something that makes it stand out from other programs?
1. Integrating Spanish training throughout DPT curriculum.
What’s cool about your program?
1. We have a brand new BIG cadaver lab!!! Which is AMAZING!!!
2. Small class which feels like family!
3. Open door policy with faculty.
4. Faculty constantly encourage us to participate in research, and that’s why I do research now.
5. Program gives lots of scholarships!
6. We have a 9 week wound care class. I know a lot of schools don’t have this, and every week we see a different type of wound.
What are the (approximate) stats, class sizes, # of faculty?
36 students per year. We have approx. 14 people as faculty and staff.
What’s the area around school like? Social scene? Recreation?
According to CQ Press, an independent research firm, the city of El Paso has been constantly ranked among the top three safest cities in America since 1997! UTEP is BIG, and is located near downtown, where there are many fun places, museums, restaurants, and a beautiful theater. Population in El Paso is mostly Hispanic, so you definitely will practice your Spanish here! There are many cool social places that are being built right now! So wait for it!
What’s the school’s mascot?
A Miner, called Paydirt Pete! Picks up and GO MINERS!
If you had a PT student who was on the fence about coming to your program, whats one thing you would point out to let them know why coming there would be a good choice?
You will learn Spanish, you will really learn research, there are a lot of opportunities to get scholarships to help you out. We have a GREAT and BIG cadaver lab, and if you really like to be involved, there are PLENTY of opportunities to get involved, plus tuition and lifestyle here in ELP are cheap (compared to other places).
Best local beer:
Hmmmm. Good question! However, I don’t really Know! But beers at Hoppy Monk are a MUST!
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Where you’re from, year in school, what setting you want to practice in and anything else you want to add…
My name is Lily Jimenez, I was born in the US, but went back to Mexico and grew up there, then came back to El Paso a couple of years ago. I am a second year PT student at UTEP DPT. I am passionate about my profession and I want to be an Agent of Change. I have been doing research on disability studies and education for 3 years now: it has been presented at TPTA and CSM. I am extremely passionate about the body and most of all, the brain. I want to be a neuro therapist, and want to get my NCS and OCS, because I believe you need to know your ortho really well to do neuro, and vice versa. I believe that if a therapy session was a recipe, my main ingredient would always be love.
And, what made YOU specifically want to go there?
My program is only 2.5 years, so it is be shorter than most programs, however, I guess it was the financial situation of my family at first that made me stay here. It was my best choice because I’ve had the most amazing experience, preparation, and support from faculty at UTEP DPT.

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