First student at new Transmountain Campus hospital

Robert Jones started his first day at The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus on Thursday.

The country's newest teaching hospital welcomed its first student on Thursday.

After two years at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, Robert Jones started his first day at the Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus.

"I'm excited. slightly nervous. kind of intimidated, but I’m excited," said Jones.

Jones is from the Dallas area, but he said he's already fallen in love with the Borderland community.

"El Paso is fantastic. I love it. The views are great. The mountains are amazing. The weather is what kept me here," said Jones.

There's a little pressure being the first ever student at the hospital, but Jones is up for the challenge.

"I have to set the bar high and hopefully make a good name for Texas Tech," said Jones.

He's heading into a career that's in need of doctors.

According to a report by the Association of American Medical Colleges the United States could be short 34,600 to 88,000 physicians by 2025.

The hospital's chief medical officer told CBS 4 training students is important to keeping future doctors like Jones in the Borderland.

"There's a study that has indicated that wherever you train, you have a tendency of going back to that place or staying there to practice medicine, because you like it, you like the system, you know the system," said Gustavo Martell, CMO for The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus.

This is just the beginning as more students are expected to start this year.

"We'd love to keep them all. Once they're done. we'd love to keep them all, because we need them," said Martell.

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