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UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes second cohort, 42 newest medical residents

The UTRGV School of Medicine welcomed its second cohort of medical residents, shown here on the central staircase Harlingen Academic and Clinical Research Building on 24, during orientation. The 42 new medical residents will spend the next three to five years training in four disciplines at three hospitals throughout the Valley: Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, McAllen Medical Center and Valley Baptist Medical Center. (UTRGV Photo by David Pike)

By Jennifer L. Berghom

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – JUNE 24, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine welcomed its second cohort of medical residents June 23 and 24, during orientation at the Harlingen Academic Clinical Research Building.

This year, UTRGV welcomed 42 new medical residents who will spend the next three to five years training in four different disciplines at three hospitals throughout the Valley: Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, McAllen Medical Center and Valley Baptist Medical Center.

With this new cohort, UTRGV is sponsoring 100 medical residents:

  • 30 at Valley Baptist Medical Center’s Internal Medicine program
  • 18 at McAllen Medical Center’s Family Medical Center program
  • And 52 at Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance residency programs – 24 in Internal Medicine, 12 in Family Medicine, and eight each at DHR’s general surgery and obstetrics and gynecology programs.

Dr. Yolanda Gomez, UTRGV School of Medicine’s associate dean for Graduate Medical Education, said the 42 residents were selected from some 8,000 applicants.

“We discovered that even though we are new, we are offering a solid group of residency programs, where people can come and train here, and then can specialize and practice in the region – which is our main goal, to keep our physicians here,” she said.

In addition to training at area hospitals, the residents also will participate with the School of Medicine on community outreach efforts, including providing healthcare to residents in colonias, Gomez said.

Dr. Liezét Cepeda, a Harlingen native who graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and is now a medical resident in the Family Medicine program at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, said she is happy to be back home.

“I’ve always had the dream of coming back and serving my community,” said Cepeda, who did her undergraduate studies at Princeton. “I’m excited to be back and be closer to my family and friends.”

Cepeda said she is excited about the creation of UTRGV and its medical school and is interested in being involved with the medical school in some capacity after her residency.

Like Cepeda, Pharr native Dr. Hector Muñoz, also a medical resident in the DHR Family Medicine residency program, said he’s glad to be back in the Valley and is looking forward to serving his community.

Muñoz, who earned his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica and his undergraduate degree from UT Pan American, said he is proud of how his alma mater has grown.

“I was shocked at how it’s been coming together so fast,” Cepeda said. “I never expected it to be this intense.”

The medical residents will start their assignments July 1.

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Marci.Caltabiano@UTRGV.edu UTRGV Director of News and Internal Communications
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