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MMC Family Medicine residents mark 100 percent passing rate

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McALLEN, TEXAS – JUNE 20, 2015 – Third-year residents in The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley - McAllen Medical Center (MMC) Family Medicine Program all passed the Board Certification Exam, which they took for the first time in April.

The minimum passing score was 380 and the residents’ average was 472 – 75 points above their average in-training exam score last fall. 

To practice medicine in the United States, doctors must be licensed by the states in which they practice. But that licensure does not show whether a doctor is highly qualified to practice in a specific medical field. That is why doctors seek board certification in the specialties in which they wish to practice, and voluntarily meet additional standards beyond basic licensing, said Dr. Yolanda Gomez, M.D., DIO, associate dean of Graduate Medical Education at UTRGV.

Having a 100 percent pass rate on the exam demonstrates excellence not only in clinical training but also in the academic component that the residency program has for all residents in training. 

“Success in resident training of a program is measured on those who take the exam for the first time and pass it,” Gomez said. “Having a 100 percent pass rate proves that education and training at the UTRGV MMC Family Medicine training is of excellence.”

About The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 in a historic move that made it possible for residents of the Rio Grande Valley to benefit, for the first time, make it possible for residents of the Rio Grande Valley to benefit from the Permanent University Fund, a public endowment contributing support to eligible institutions of The University of Texas System and the Texas A&M University System.

UTRGV will also be home to a School of Medicine and will transform Texas and the nation by becoming a leader in student success, teaching, research and health care. UTRGV will enroll its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine will open in 2016.

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Media Contacts:

Marci Caltabiano Ponce, UTRGV Director of News and Internal Communications

Jennifer McGehee-Valdez, UTRGV Director of Public Relations