The Mission of the El Paso Baptist Clinic

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El Paso Baptist Clinic

Dr. Michael Parsa divides his time between responsibilities as assistant professor with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso and his role as an expert panel member with the Texas Medical Board. Also an active member of his community, Dr. Michael Parsa serves as a monthly medical volunteer with the El Paso Baptist Clinic.

More than four decades ago, the El Paso Baptist Clinic arose from a weekly children’s ministry that served a community of 60 individuals. After founding director Eleanor Poe discovered that one of the children could not access the medication needed to treat an ear infection, she opened the clinic with only three staff members. Since helping its first patient, the clinic has gone on to serve over 22,000 individuals in need.

The clinic has been able to achieve this level of service thanks to its ongoing mission of facilitating good health for all those living in El Paso. The primary focus of the organization is to provide medical treatment to community members who do not possess insurance or otherwise cannot pay for care. Echoing the values of compassion and honesty, the El Paso Baptist Clinic takes a holistic approach to care by emphasizing health of both the body and the spirit.


Texas Medical Board Licensing Requirements

Texas Medical Board

Texas Medical Board


Since 2010, Dr. Michael Parsa has served as an associate professor and clerkship director at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso. Drawing on nearly 15 years of experience practicing emergency medicine in El Paso, California, and Papua New Guinea, Dr. Michael Parsa also maintains responsibilities as an expert panel member of the Texas Medical Board.

Responsible for the rules and laws surrounding medical practice in the state of Texas, the Texas Medical Board manages the issuance and renewal of medical licenses in the state. The eligibility requirements for licensure with the board include:

– graduation from a medical school in the United States or Canada, or graduation from a medical school outside of these countries that is indicated on the substantial equivalence list. If the applicant graduated from a school not on this list, he or she must hold certification from an accepted national board;

-one year of medical training in an accredited program or fellowship, or possession of a Texas Faculty Temporary License and two years of experience as an educator;

-successful completion of the board examination (within a maximum of three attempts), or at least five years in possession of a license in good standing from another state.

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The AAEM – Student Membership Benefits

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American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Michael Parsa is an emergency medicine physician and professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso. A graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine, Dr. Michael Parsa possesses more than 16 years of medical experience both in the United States, through his work in California as well as El Paso, and abroad. Dr. Parsa is a member of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM).

In addition to hosting annual conferences and a variety of educational programs, the AAEM manages the AAEM Resident and Student Association, for individuals just beginning their medical careers. Students receive their first year of membership for free.

Much like their more established peers, student members of AAEM have access to various benefits designed to help them map out their academic experiences and future careers. Once students begin their paid membership to the AAEM Resident and Student Association, they receive a pair of useful print resources: the Emergency Medicine Survival Guide and Rules of the Road for Medical Students. Members also are subscribed to the organization’s peer-reviewed blog and Common Sense magazine.

A number of electronic resources are available to student members, including an educational podcast, subscription to the Journal of Emergency Medicine and discounts on a test preparation website. Members also receive entrance to the AAEM annual scientific assembly.