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Texas Medical Association: Fulfilling a Dream

It Took Decades for the Rio Grande Valley to Get a Medical School. Now It's Working to Improve the Region's Health as It Trains the Next Generation of Physicians.
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Valley Morning Star: Orientation underway for UTRGV School of Medicine’s second cohort

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine welcomed its newest 50 students this week at its first day of orientation.
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RGVProud: Orientation Underway for UTRGV School of Medicine's Second Cohort

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine welcomed its newest 50 students at its first day of orientation.
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RGVision: Future doctors in training at UTRGV's medical school

After a weekend of high emotion and fanfare, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine’s first 55 students started classes Monday, July 25, 2016. A few days in, students are settling into their new, medical path of study.
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DotMD: Mobile Primary care clinic deployed in Texas communities

Thanks to a $2.88 million grant from United Health Foundation, the days of driving long distances to the primary care physician for a doctor's appointment may be over for 4,500 residents of Texas' Rio Grande Valley.
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El Manana: Empiezan clases en SOM de forma oficial

Luego de la ceremonia de iniciación donde los estudiantes de medicina recibieron su bata blanca, la Universidad de Texas en el Valle de río grande (por sus siglas en inglés UTRGV) empezó de manera oficial las clases en la Escuela de medicina (SOM) por primera vez en la historia.
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Valley Business Report: UTRGV welcomes School of Medicine's 2020 class

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine welcomed its first 55 students into the medical profession with the inaugural White Coat Ceremony July 23.
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Valley Morning Star: Classes start for first 55 UTRGV medical school students

After a weekend of high emotion and fanfare, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine’s first 55 students started classes Monday.
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Valley Morning Star: UTRGV medical students get taste of yoga's benefits to overall wellness

The first cohort of medical students at The UTRGV School of Medicine started the second week of orientation with some yoga.
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Valley Morning Star: Classes start for first 55 UTRGV medical school students

After a weekend of high emotion and fanfare, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine’s first 55 students started classes Monday.
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The Monitor: EDITORIAL: New era for UTRGV, region

As 55 medical students from the first class of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s School of Medicine entered their white coat ceremony in Edinburg on Saturday morning, most of them peered into the audience gathered at the Performing Arts Center to look for friends and loved ones.
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The Monitor: UTRGV holds first white coat ceremony for the School of Medicine's inaugural class

Heart, respect, dignity, sensitivity and affection are the five qualities Dr. Francisco Fernandez hopes to instill in every one of the 55 students who donned their white coats Saturday to become the first cohort of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine.
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The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV holds first white coat ceremony

The ceremony was attended by family members who cheered on their future doctors, University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven, UTRGV President Guy Bailey and elected officials, including Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D- Brownsville, and Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, who eagerly awaited and contributed to the creation of the medical school.
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Valley Morning Star: UTRGV holds first white coat ceremony for med school students

Heart, respect, dignity, sensitivity and affection are the five qualities Dr. Francisco Fernandez hopes to instill in every one of the 55 students who dawned their white coats Saturday to become the first cohort of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine.
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Texas Border Business: UTRGV welcomed its first 55 students into the medical profession with the inaugural White Coat Ceremony

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine celebrated another first on Saturday when it welcomed its first 55 students into the medical profession with the inaugural White Coat Ceremony.
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Rio Grande Guardian: SECOND YEAR DHR RESIDENTS DISCUSS HEALTHCARE IN RGV

The first class of graduate medical education residents at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance told the second class what it is like to practice medicine in the Rio Grande Valley at a White Coat Ceremony.
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Rio Grande Guardian: BAILEY: MEDICAL RESIDENTS CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACT IN RGV

UT-Rio Grande Valley President Guy Bailey says medical residents can have a bigger impact in the Valley than they can in other parts of the country.
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El Manana: Ponen en marcha ‘Unimóvil’ de salud. Presentes en evento representantes de UHF

Con el firme compromiso de crear un modelo sostenible para la prestación de asistencia sanitaria a los más vulnerables de la comunidad, se puso en marcha la “Unimóvil”, una unidad médica móvil de salud.
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Business Wire: UTRGV and United Health Foundation Unveil Mobile Clinic to Deliver Health Care to Rio Grande Valley Communities

UTRGV Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. Havidán Rodriguez; UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas CEO Don Langer; and other UTRGV, United Health Foundation and community leaders unveiled the new mobile health clinic, which medical professionals will use to serve community residents.
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KRGV.com: UTRGV Opens Primary Clinics to Aid Underserved Community

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is making strides in the medical field.
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The Monitor: Health district fight gearing up

Two opposing sides are once again gearing up for the fight over the possible creation of a healthcare district in Hidalgo County.
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Rio Grande Guardian: UTRGV aims to improve access to healthcare for underserved

State Senator Eddie Lucio says the unity displayed by the Rio Grande Valley’s legislative delegation, along with collaboration between the region’s public and private sectors, has led to improved healthcare for those most in need.
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RGVision: Mental Health Matters

The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stress of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
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The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV launches first primary care clinic in McAllen

McALLEN — The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley commemorated Thursday the opening of its first clinic in Hidalgo County focused on undeserved communities and educating the next generation of healthcare professionals.
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The Monitor: UTRGV and Hidalgo County launch first primary care clinic in McAllen

The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stress of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
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RGVproud: UTRGV School of Medicine Welcomes its First Class

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has officially welcomed its #FirstClass of 55 students to its School of Medicine, with a first roll call and full day of orientation.
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Becker’s Hospital Review: UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine dean resigns

Francisco Fernandez, MD — the founding dean and current vice president for medical affairs at Edinburg-based University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine — has stepped down from his position, according to MySanAntonio.com.
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The Galveston County Daily News: Lieberman named interim dean at Valley medical school

Dr. Steve Lieberman, senior Dean for Administration in the School of Medicine, has been named interim dean of the new medical school at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley while the school searches for a permanent dean.
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RGVproud: UTRGV Medical School Founding Dean Steps Down

The founding dean who helped shape the school of medicine at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is stepping down from his position.
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Rio Grande Guardian: UTRGV School of Medicine’s inaugural class unveiled

The start of something new for the Rio Grande Valley will begin in the fall as the UT-Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine inaugurates its first class of 55 students.
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The Brownsville Herald: Founding dean of UTRGV med school steps down

After two years of leading the creation of what is slated by many as one of the greatest steps forward for the region — the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine — founding Dean Francisco Fernandez will be stepping down from his position effective July 1.
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Valley Morning Star: Med school’s founding dean stepping down

After two years of leading the creation of what is slated by many as one of the greatest steps forward for the region — the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine — Dr. Francisco Fernandez announced he will be stepping down from as dean of the school effective Friday.
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San Antonio Express News: UT-Rio Grande Valley medical school dean to step down

The founding dean of the UT-Rio Grande Valley school of medicine, Dr. Francisco Fernandez, announced Wednesday he will step down after two years spent building the region’s first medical school.
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Rio Grande Guardian: UTRGV School of Medicine founding dean to step down

Dr. Francisco Fernandez is stepping down as founding dean of UT-Rio Grande Valley’s School of Medicine.
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Rio Grande Guardian: UTRGV School of Medicine founding dean to step down

The founding dean who helped shape the school of medicine at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is stepping down from his position.
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Rio Grande Guardian: UTRGV School of Medicine founding dean to step down

After two years of leading the creation of what is slated by many as one of the greatest steps forward for the region — the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine — founding Dean Francisco Fernandez will be stepping down from his position, several sources said Wednesday.
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The Monitor: Francisco Fernandez leaving leadership role, will remain on school faculty

After two years of leading the creation of what is slated by many as one of the greatest steps forward for the region — the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine — Dr. Francisco Fernandez announced he will be stepping down from as dean of the school effective Friday.
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The Monitor: EDITORIAL: New era for UTRGV Medical School begins

As they filed into the foyer for orientation on Monday in the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine building at the Edinburg campus, the 55 students in the university’s first medical school cohort passed a sign that read: “Welcome Class of 2020. One Community. One Mission. One Solution.”
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The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes first student cohort

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley officials met Monday morning at the recently completed Medical Education Building to commemorate another first in the books: the arrival of 55 fresh faces who will represent the School of Medicine’s inaugural class.
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The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes its first class

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has officially welcomed its #FirstClass of 55 students to its School of Medicine, with a first roll call and full day of orientation.
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The Monitor: COMMENTARY: Medical residency programs are transforming RGV

Just a few years ago, the Rio Grande Valley never could have dreamed of the doors now opening before us, or the many opportunities at our doorstep.
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The Daily Beast: The States That Can't Stop Zika

Mosquitoes bearing Zika—a virus that can cause birth defects when contracted by pregnant women—are expected to reach the United States as soon as this summer, with Florida and Texas likely to be among the hardest-hit states.
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Valley Morning Star: UTRGV officials show off new state-of-art facility

Although drop cloths were still on the floor in some places protecting the newly laid tile as construction workers were tidying up here and there, and the 55 medical students won’t arrive until the end of next month, a media tour on Wednesday of the UTRGV School of Medicine’s new Medical Education Building at the Edinburg campus still evoked a sense of reverence and an exciting anticipation of great things to come.
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Rio Grande Guardian: UPDATED: Vela takes reporters on tour of new UTRGV medical school building

The Rio Grande Valley now has a medical education facility comparable to any of the top facilities in the country, according to Dr. Leonel Vela, senior associate dean for education and academic affairs at the UT-Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine.
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UTRGV receives 10K applications for med school

After reviewing 10,000 applications and accepting $4.2 million in new grants, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is getting ready to welcome the inaugural student cohort at its School of Medicine.
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10,000 applications arrived at UTRGV for medical training in the Rio Grande Valley

8,000 … 500 … 111 … 2,784 … 246 … 50 What do these numbers have in common? For the first time, more than 10,000 applications arrived at UTRGV for medical training in the Rio Grande Valley – about 8,000 for our residency programs and 2,700 for acceptance to our School of Medicine.
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UTRGV hosting town hall meetings for deaf community to voice needs

For people deaf or hard of hearing, important tasks like preventive health screenings might be more tedious than usual.
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UTRGV seeks input from deaf community

For people deaf or hard of hearing, important tasks like preventative health screenings might be more tedious than usual. Between finding a physician who has a sign-language translator and figuring out whether they understood all their needs, some might prefer to skip it all together.
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For a Healthier South Texas

One of the many reasons that compelled me to study at Pritzker was its evident focus on community health, disparities, and service toward underserved communities, such as the South Side of Chicago. Coming from another underserved community, the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) in South Texas, I immediately related with Pritzker’s mission of giving a hand to these communities in need.
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Collaborating For Health

Diet and exercise are known to play a big part when it comes to health, but these factors alone aren’t the only determinants of health – especially when it applies to certain groups of people. From economic status to physician shortages, to geographic location, many other factors can affect health as well.
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Texas Observer: Physicians hope to revolutionize health care in the Valley with a simple prescription — access.

It was a Sunday morning, already on its way to becoming the hottest day of the year, and the Alamo flea market, or pulga, was crowded. I wandered through aisles filled with people packed shoulder to shoulder, past vendors hawking everything from vacuum cleaner parts to a baby alligator.
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