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UTRGV SOM to form Family Practice Residency program with Knapp Medical Center

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By Jennifer L. Berghom

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – FEB. 22, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine is furthering its commitment to improving healthcare access by creating a Family Practice Residency program with Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco.

Dr. Eron Manusov, professor and chair of the UTRGV School of Medicine’s Department of Family and Preventative Medicine and interim director of the UTRGV/Knapp Family Practice Residency program, said the School of Medicine plans to have six medical residents start at Knapp in July 2017.

“The idea is to add a family medicine residency in the Mid-Valley, and Knapp Medical Center is an outstanding place to do that,” he said.

Manusov said the partnership with Knapp will allow the medical school to continue collaborations with community organizations and services to provide access to health care in underserved areas and decrease health disparities.

“It’s a great example of the School of Medicine going into areas that don’t have the resources — that are high-need, high-risk areas with vulnerable populations who are underserved — and increasing (health care) access,” he said. “This whole idea of integrated care in a community practice-based, integrated with agency-based care, is really great for strengthening the safety net and increasing healthcare access.”

Knapp Medical Center in December 2015 broke ground on a 12,000-square-foot Knapp Medical Center/UTRGV Family Practice Residency Clinic at Expressway 83 and Mile 2 in Mercedes. Construction is expected to be completed this fall.

Because of its location off the highway, next to the South Texas High School for Health Professions (Med High) and a nursing home that is under construction, Manusov said, the clinic also will provide medical residents the opportunity to focus on adolescent and geriatric care, as well as urgent care and community-based care.

The School of Medicine is in the process of hiring a program director, a behavioral analyst and a faculty member, and is in discussion with physicians in the area to see what the community’s needs are and what they are looking for in medical resident candidates.

UTRGV already has residencies with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, McAllen Medical Center and Valley Baptist Medical Center, with 69 medical residents working in the areas of family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology and general surgery.

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