The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

UTRGV School of Medicine


The UTRGV School of Medicine

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine offers an exceptionally innovative learning experience designed to instill students with scientific, clinical and research expertise of the highest professional standards.

The talents and dedication of the faculty, residents, staff, and students are what enables a medical school to carry out its four missions of education, research, clinical care and community outreach. The collective range of skills required to be effective is remarkably broad, and includes modern educational methods in the classroom, clinic, and online research skill, research infrastructure, clinical expertise, clinical management and community relations. Our goal is to attract the best talent – from the Valley, the state, the country and beyond – for faculty and staff positions. We are fortunate to have laid some of this groundwork over the past 15 years through the Regional Academic Health Centers in Harlingen and Edinburg.

Characterized by a competency-based curriculum, the School of Medicine utilizes the most technologically advanced resources, including:

  • A 15,000-square-foot Smart Hospital complex.
  • And a virtual anatomy and histology laboratory.

All of its resources are combined with a program ethos that prioritizes improving health at the individual and community level.

We will graduate outstanding physicians who are:

  • Patient Advocates
  • Community Focused
  • Culturally Aware
  • Collaborative Leaders
  • Life-Long Learners
  • Problem Solvers

The UTRGV School of Medicine received its preliminary accreditation (covering the first two years of the medical school’s operation) on Oct. 19, 2015, from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

In April, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree for the school.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters', and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Regional facilities housing the UTRGV School of Medicine include the existing Clinical Education Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, the existing Medical Research Regional Academic Health Center in Edinburg, the South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute Genomics Center, and the UTRGV Smart Hospital, a 15,000-square-foot state-of-the-art simulation teaching hospital, also in Harlingen. In the summer of 2016 construction was completed on the $54 million Medical Education Building in Edinburg.

The UTRGV School of Medicine opened in the summer of 2016 and welcomed 55 students into its charter class. For more information about applying, visit utrgv.edu/mdadmissions.