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Six doctors enter UTRGV School of Medicine inaugural psychiatry residency program

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT. 6, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine this summer welcomed the inaugural cohort of residents in its medical residency program in psychiatry.
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Harlingen ninth-grader worked with UTRGV medical school faculty on genetic research

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – OCT. 6, 2017 – Camryn Hale, 14, a ninth-grader at Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy in Harlingen, used to look at her cats and wonder about their genetic make-up and how that might affect their behavioral traits.
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UTRGV School of Medicine honors United Health Foundation, celebrates Unimóvil’s success

EDINBURG, TEXAS – SEPT. 28, 2017 – The UTRGV School of Medicine honored United Health Foundation (UHF) on Thursday for supporting the young medical school in its efforts to provide healthcare services to underserved neighborhoods and provide training opportunities for medical students and students of other healthcare-related fields.
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UTRGV School of Medicine and community partners tackle tough topics during mental health conference

EDINBURG, TEXAS – SEPT. 22, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine’s Counseling and Wellness Services and its community partners is hosting the second annual Mental Health, Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Conference, Sept. 22-23 at the Region One Education Service Center. Read the full release.

UTRGV School of Medicine awarded $3.75 million to provide healthcare to underserved areas

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 13, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded $3.75 million to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine to develop three Area Health Education Centers (AHEC). Read the full release.

UTRGV School of Medicine mobile clinic is in Houston, providing medical aid to hurricane victims

HOUSTON, TEXAS – SEPT. 7, 2017 – A team from the UTRGV School of Medicine braved the elements to travel to the Houston area this week, to offer medical services to residents affected by Hurricane Harvey. Read the full release.

STDOI researchers, collaborators, report on role of fruit, vegetable intake to minimize obesity risk in Mexican American children

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 5, 2017 – Dr. Ravindranath Duggirala, Ph.D., a professor in the South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and Dr. Jairam K. P. Vanamala, Ph.D., an associate professor of Food Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, are the corresponding authors of a paper published in a recent issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Read the full release.

Aug 28, 2017
UT Regents approve $20 million in PUF for UTRGV School of Medicine
The University of Texas System Board of Regents has reinforced its commitment to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine by approving $20 million in Permanent University Funds (PUF) for capital expenses.
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Aug 18, 2017
South Texas Community Health Worker Training Network collaborative graduates first cohort of promotores
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley joined South Texas College, Texas A&M University and United Healthcare today in celebrating the graduation of its first cohort of promotores, or community health workers, from the South Texas Community Health Worker Training Network.
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Aug 15, 2017
Hundreds share their discoveries at first UTRGV-DHR Research Symposium
More than 300 people turned out Aug. 12 to participate in the Inaugural Research Symposium hosted May 12 by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine (SOM) and Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR).
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Aug 11, 2017
UTRGV medical resident and colleagues conduct study on prevalence of murine typhus in the Valley
Dr. Zeeshan Afzal wants fellow physicians in the Rio Grande Valley to keep an eye out for murine typhus when treating patients with acute fever.
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Aug 10, 2017
UTRGV School of Medicine awarded grant for suicide education, prevention program
The UTRGV School of Medicine’s Office of Counseling and Wellness has been awarded a three- year grant in the amount of $304,490 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to implement a Campus Suicide Prevention Program (CSPP). UTRGV was the only university in Texas to receive the award.
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Aug 3, 2017
UTRGV’s Dr. Leonel Vela recognized for his role in expanding healthcare access in rural communities
Dr. Leonel Vela, UTRGV senior associate dean for Education and Academic Affairs and chair of the Department of Medical Education, has been recognized by the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center F. Marie Hall Institute of Rural and Community Health for his role in expanding access for the underserved in the state.
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July 28, 2017
Operation Lone Star: UTRGV medical students help provide free basic health services for Valley residents
Students and faculty of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley lent a helping hand to first responders this week during Operation Lone Star.
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July 28, 2017
UTRGV School of Medicine students pay it forward with podcasts for incoming class
With the first year of medical school under their belt, students at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine are sharing the wisdom they’ve attained with incoming students, through podcasts.
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July 22, 2017
UTRGV welcomes its School of Medicine Class of 2021 with White Coat Ceremony in Brownsville
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine welcomed its second cohort on Saturday in Brownsville, during a special White Coat Ceremony for its newest 50 students.
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July 20, 2017
UTRGV, Knapp Medical Center unveil family practice residency clinic in Mercedes
Knapp Medical Center and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley offered a sneak peek Thursday of their new, collaborative Knapp Medical Center/UTRGV Family Practice Residency Clinic.
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July 7, 2017
Orientation underway for UTRGV School of Medicine’s second cohort, Class of 2021
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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June 29, 2017
UTRGV School of Medicine and Knapp Medical Center welcome first family practice residents
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Thursday welcomed the inaugural cohort of medical residents for its Family Practice Residency Program with Knapp Medical Center.
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June 23, 2017
UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes 56 new medical residents to practice in the Valley
The UTRGV School of Medicine (SOM) welcomed its 56 new medical residents during orientation June 22-23 at the Edinburg Medical Education Building.
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May 11, 2017
UTRGV names Dr. John H. Krouse new dean of the School of Medicine
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has named Dr. John H. Krouse as its new vice president for Medical Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine.
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March 17, 2017
UTRGV School of Medicine gains 56 new residents, three new residency programs
The UTRGV School of Medicine this year on Match Day 2017 has gained 56 new medical residents, who will begin their post-graduate training here in six specialties throughout the Valley.
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February 6, 2017
UTRGV School of Medicine matches with 50 students for its second cohort
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has identified 50 prospective students for its second class.
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2016

November 22, 2016
UTRGV launches search for new dean for School of Medicine
The search for a new dean for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine is underway.
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NOVEMBER 18, 2016
UTRGV medical students get their first shot at flu shots
More than a dozen medical students stood inside the multipurpose room at La Iglesia de los Hechos in Indian Hills, a community near Mercedes. They listened intently as Linda Nelson, an RN and senior director of clinical operations for the UTRGV School of Medicine, gave instructions on how to administer a flu shot.
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NOVEMBER 7, 2016
SOM faculty participate in border health conference at UTRGV
Three UTRGV School of Medicine faculty members shared their research on health issues affecting both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Transforming Border Health conference at UTRGV.
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OCTOBER 26, 2016
UTRGV, DHR, City of McAllen tout improved healthcare, economic impact, at research facility groundbreaking
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System and the City of McAllen celebrated the groundbreaking Oct. 26 of a new research facility designed to transform the Rio Grande Valley in terms of expanded research opportunities, improved healthcare and increased economic development.
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OCTOBER 17, 2016
Kirk Clark art now on display at UTRGV School of Medicine’s Medical Education Building
The lobby of the UTRGV School of Medicine’s new Medical Education Building on the Edinburg Campus received a boost of glorious color recently, with the opening of a display of 15 paintings by local artist and business owner Kirk Clark.
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OCTOBER 14, 2016
UTRGV SOM workshop address best practices in helping students with disabilities
The UTRGV School of Medicine collaborated recently with the university’s Student Accessibility Services to offer a daylong professional development workshop Oct. 7 at the University Ballroom on the Edinburg Campus.
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OCTOBER 11, 2016
UTRGV School of Medicine participates for the first time in HESTEC sessions
The UTRGV School of Medicine this year joined in the activities of the university’s annual Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week, which ran Oct. 2-8 on the Edinburg Campus and for the first time in Brownsville and Harlingen.
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October 4, 2016
HESTEC Quick Hit: High school seniors help solve medical mystery at HESTEC Student Leadership Day
High school seniors from Lasara and La Villa high schools were tasked with finding out what was causing a 13-year-old boy to have extreme fatigue, during a breakout session featuring the School of Medicine at HESTEC 2016’s Student Leadership Day.
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SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
THECB awards UTRGV School of Medicine $250,000 to plan neurology medical residency
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has given The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine a $250,000 grant to begin planning a neurology medical residency program.
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SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
Interim dean Lieberman eager to help fulfill School of Medicine’s mission
He has only been here two months, but Dr. Steve Lieberman says he already can tell just how special The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s School of Medicine is to the community.
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SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
Dr. Andrew Tsin fills two posts at UTRGV and the School of Medicine
In his new roles as chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and associate dean for research at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, Dr. Andrew Tsin brings a long record of exemplary research and notable success in student mentorship, particularly to underserved populations.
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August 23, 2016
UTRGV greets new faculty as 2016-17 academic year begins
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and its School of Medicine welcomed a record number of new faculty members in the first of a two-day orientation session held as part of its 2016-17 New Faculty Support Program.
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AUGUST 22, 2016
UTRGV STDOI professor takes part in dental genetics study
Dr. Michael Mahaney, professor at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute (STDOI), has contributed to research of colleague Dr. Leslea Hlusko, associate professor of integrative biology at University of California Berkeley, in the identification of distinctive features of primate teeth that allow the researchers to track the evolution of apes and monkey ancestors.
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AUGUST 22, 2016
STDOI research professor Göring tapped to serve on NIH panel
Dr. Harald Heinz Herbert Göring, a professor at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute, has been appointed as a member of a review panel for the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Scientific Review, which reviews applications for grant funding.
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JULY 26, 2016
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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JULY 26, 2016
Brass Tacks: 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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JULY 23, 2016
UTRGV SOM Class of 2020 don white coats for first time, during meaningful 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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JUNE 27, 2016
UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes its first class
This day has been a long time coming for McAllen resident Veronica Treviño.
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July 14, 2016
UTRGV, UHF unveil Unimóvil mobile health clinic
The UTRGV School of Medicine and United Health Foundation (UHF) unveiled the “Unimóvil” medical mobile health clinic today, during an unveiling ceremony outside the Medical Education Building on the Edinburg Campus.
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June 29, 2016
UTRGV School of Medicine founding dean to step down
Dr. Francisco Fernandez has announced that, effective July 1, he will step down as vice president for medical affairs and dean of The University of Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine to return to the psychiatry faculty.
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JUNE 24, 2016
UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes second cohort, 42 newest medical residents
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.
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JUNE 22, 2016
UTRGV School of Medicine graduates first cohort of safety and effectiveness course
The inaugural cohort of the UTRGV School of Medicine’s Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Course graduated Thursday, June 2, during an event at the Harlingen Campus.
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JUNE 22, 2016
UTRGV School of Medicine graduate assistant Laboy brings military experience to her job
Brownsville native Arlene Laboy, a graduate assistant to Dr. Eugenia Curet, assistant dean for Student Support, Counseling and Wellness at the UTRGV School of Medicine, first caught Curet’s eye three years ago, when she was an undergraduate student at UT Brownsville/Texas Southmost College.
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JUNE 22, 2016
UTRGV STDOI researchers studying data from India for relevance to Valley’s diabetes
Dr. Ravindranath “Ravi” Duggirala and a team of researchers are looking to their counterparts in India to help find answers to the Rio Grande Valley’s diabetes problems.
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MAY 13, 2016
UTRGV hosts conference to address mental health, substance abuse, HIV prevention
Addressing a packed ballroom at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Hydeia Broadbent urged healthcare providers and others involved in patient care to make sure they address not just physical but also mental health.
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MAY 11, 2016
UTRGV SOM receives accreditation for medical residency program in psychiatry
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education(ACGME) to offer a medical residency program in psychiatry.
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MAY 11, 2016
UTRGV and UHF hold symposium to address healthcare disparities and access
In a pivotal collaboration meant to address the challenges of meeting healthcare needs in underserved areas of the Rio Grande Valley, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine and United Health Foundation have come together for a two-day meeting focused on those concerns.
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March 25, 2016
Second STITCH Symposium highlights collaboration between UTRGV and community
UTRGV and its School of Medicine faculty and administrators learned just how interwoven they are with each other and the community, during the “STITCH It Up” symposium held Thursday at the McAllen Convention Center.
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March 25, 2016
UTRGV welcomes 42 new residents in 2016 School of Medicine Match
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has gained another 42 medical school graduates from around the country who now will begin post-graduate training as UTRGV resident physicians in Valley hospitals.
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February 23, 2016
UTRGV awarded $4.2 million from THECB to expand Graduate Medical Education
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been awarded $4.2 million from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to expand its Graduate Medical Education programs at the School of Medicine.
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FEBRUARY 22, 2016
UTRGV SOM says ‘Thank You’ in Super Bowl 50 ad, announces its #FirstClass 50
The camera pans across a rack of iconic white coats, then travels down a stethoscope and moves slowly across some orange and gray stitching.
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FEBRUARY 22, 2016
UTRGV School of Medicine’s Medical Education Building nearing completion
The new, state-of-the-art UTRGV Medical Education Building, located in the heart of the Edinburg Campus, will be more than a bricks-and-mortar structure.
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FEBRUARY 22, 2016
UTRGV SOM to form Family Practice Residency program with Knapp Medical Center
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.
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JANUARY 18, 2016
UTRGV Family Medicine resident seeks to strengthen prenatal medical records process
During her time as a resident at the McAllen Family Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Pamela Venegas noticed a pattern: Pregnant women were coming into the clinic to have their babies, but they had no medical records available.
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JANUARY 18, 2016
Melba Sanchez joins UTRGV School of Medicine as associate dean
Twenty years ago, when she arrived in St. Louis, Mo., to begin her first job as an accountant, Harlingen native Melba Sanchez would have been hard pressed to imagine where her career path would take her.
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JANUARY 18, 2016
School of Medicine faculty member publishes book on virus vaccine research
Dr. Liljana Stevceva has the distinction of publishing the first book by a faculty member of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine.
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JANUARY 18, 2016
Marshall named UTRGV SOM associate dean of clinical affairs
Dr. William Marshall has been named associate dean of clinical affairs for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine.
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2015

DECEMBER 21, 2015
GED classes at SOM’s Peña Center prepare Valley youths for adult success
Ana’s story is an all too familiar one in the Rio Grande Valley. Ana (her name has been changed to protect her privacy) dropped out of school in the seventh grade, too immature at that time to value going to school, she said. She became pregnant and had a daughter at age 15.
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DECEMBER 21, 2015
BMED graduates make ideal instructional facilitators for undergraduates
Personal experience as a “sickly child” triggered an interest in a medical career for Cecilia Orta. And Ramiro Tovar’s childhood experience with a favorite aunt who fell ill helped spur his interest in medicine.
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DECEMBER 21, 2015
Admissions trio bring years of experience, dedication to UTRGV School of Medicine
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s School of Medicine will welcome its #FirstClass this summer, and three veteran admissions administrators have been hard at work to make sure those 50 chosen have a seamless transition into medical school.
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DECEMBER 21, 2015
UTRGV symposium STITCHes up collaboration with community partners
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, its School of Medicine and its governmental and community collaborators drew praise recently for their work in providing family- and community-based healthcare to the Valley’s most vulnerable residents.
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DECEMBER 16, 2015
UTRGV School of Medicine receives $1M grant from Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas
This holiday season, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine received an early gift – a $1,065,510 grant from the Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas Inc., for its Integrated Care Collaborative Unit (ICCU).
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DECEMBER 04, 2015
UTRGV symposium STITCHes up collaboration with community partners
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, its School of Medicine and its governmental and community collaborators drew praise Friday for their work in providing family- and community-based healthcare to the Valley’s most vulnerable residents.
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NOVEMBER 20, 2015
UTRGV SOM continues community health support with fair, clinics at Indian Hills
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine’s commitment to the Indian Hills community was underscored this week with a health clinic at La Iglesia de los Hechos, where medical residents and other healthcare professionals addressed the wellness needs of 57 residents.
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NOVEMBER 17, 2015
UTRGV graduates first class of health promoters under STITCH program
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, in partnership with the Texas A&M School of Public Health, graduated its first class of health promoters, also known as promotores, in the Indian Hills community.
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NOVEMBER 16, 2015
Distinguished neuroscientist joins UTRGV School of Medicine to chair Department of Psychiatry and Neurology
Gabriel A. de Erausquin, M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc., a leading researcher in neuroscience and psychiatric illnesses, has been named founding chair of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Neurology.
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NOVEMBER 16, 2015
Dr. Adela Valdez brings experience, expertise in Student Affairs to UTRGV School of Medicine
Harlingen native Dr. Adela Valdez said she knew that, one day, the Rio Grande Valley would have a school of medicine. She just didn't know if she would still be around to see it.
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NOVEMBER 16, 2015
UTRGV Smart Hospital helps train healthcare providers throughout the Rio Grande Valley
On any given day, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Smart Hospital plays host to a variety of students and healthcare providers who arrive for training in a range of disciplines.
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NOVEMBER 16, 2015
At UTRGV, STDOI biomedical research scientist is studying genetic risk factors in diabetes-related eye disease
A trip to Nepal for most people is a once-in-a-lifetime mountain climbing adventure. For Dr. Matthew Johnson, however, it is a twice-a-year excursion for his research into diabetes-related eye diseases.
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NOVEMBER 4, 2015
UTRGV School of Medicine joins AMA’s Medical Education Consortium
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s School of Medicine will join leading medical schools throughout the country in determining best practices for the future of medical education.
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OCTOBER 19, 2015
UTRGV hosts first competency-based education program in the UT System
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is now home to UT System’s first competency-based education program, with coursework administered via iPad technology for students in the Biomedical Sciences curriculum.
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OCTOBER 19, 2015
Linger joins UTRGV School of Medicine as AVP for Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness
Dr. Barry Linger has held onto a piece of advice he received on his graduation day from West Virginia University: “If you’re not happy doing what you’re doing, you need to find something else.”
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OCTOBER 19, 2015
Dr. Robert Nelson named chair of Pediatrics
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has named Dr. Robert M. Nelson Jr., M.D., M.S., senior associate dean for Faculty Matters and Innovation, and chairman of Pediatrics.
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OCTOBER 19, 2015
Keeping an eye on prevention
Three May 2015 graduates of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s legacy institutions have their sights set on public health, medicine and epidemiology.
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OCTOBER 16, 2015
LCME grants preliminary accreditation: UTRGV School of Medicine now accepting applications
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine is now recruiting its inaugural class of students, after receiving preliminary accreditation from the federally recognized Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
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SEPTEMBER 18, 2015
UTRGV, DHR open Family Medicine Center to enhance medical education and patient care
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR) have furthered their commitment to providing quality health care to the community and medical education to current and future doctors, by opening the Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Family Medicine Center in Edinburg.
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AUGUST 24, 2015
Med student helps inform high school students about area health disparities
Medical student Santiago Diaz is giving back this summer. The University of Texas at Austin graduate served as program director of the South Texas Health Disparities Youth Program, in which 20 high school students from around the Rio Grande Valley participated in a three-day program to learn about the area’s health issues.
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AUGUST 24, 2015
Manusov brings collaborative healthcare leadership to new UTRGV School of Medicine post
Dr. Eron Manusov, a physician with a focus on community health collaboration, has been named founding chair of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine’s Department of Family and Community Medicine and assistant dean of Education and Clerkships.
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AUGUST 24, 2015
UTRGV medical residency coordinators to present at national conference
Two University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio medical residency coordinators, who will transition sponsorship to the new University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, have been selected to speak at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME) Coordinator Forum Pre-Conference.
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AUGUST 24, 2015
Ogburn joins UTRGV School of Medicine as founding chair of ObGyn department
Self-described “hands-on educator” Joseph Anthony “Tony” Ogburn, M.D., joins The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine as professor and founding chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, leaving his current posts as professor in the Department of Obstetrics at the University of New Mexico and chief medical officer at the UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center, a new community teaching hospital of UNM Health Sciences Center.
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July 20, 2015
UTRGV School of Medicine names Ronnau senior associate dean for Interprofessional Education
Dr. John Ronnau, former dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services at The University of Texas-Pan American, will serve as senior associate dean for Interprofessional Education at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine (SOM).
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July 20, 2015
Fernandez elected president of American College of Psychiatrists
Dr. Francisco Fernandez, founding dean and vice president of medical affairs for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, recently was named president of the prestigious American College of Psychiatrists.
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July 20, 2015
STITCH brings preventive health care to Indian Hills colonia
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has launched an interdisciplinary approach to providing preventive health care for Valley residents who are underserved.
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June 23, 2015
UTRGV #FirstMatch medical residents honored at White Coat ceremony
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley welcomed its newest doctors Monday, June 22, in a White Coat ceremony at the Regional Academic Health Center.
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June 20, 2015
Nelson named to Easter Seals RGV Board of Directors
Linda S. Nelson, senior director of Clinical Operations at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, has been appointed to the Easter Seals Rio Grande Valley Board of Directors.
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June 20, 2015
UTRGV School of Medicine partners with STC and Hidalgo County to offer GED classes
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, in conjunction with South Texas College, starting this month will offer GED preparation classes and career counseling for at-risk adolescents wanting to achieve productive adult lives.
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June 20, 2015
MMC Family Medicine residents mark 100 percent passing rate
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.
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June 19, 2015
New UTRGV medical residents to don white coats in special ceremony
Wearing the symbolic white coat for the first time is a pivotal rite of passage for medical students and residents around the country, and on Monday, June 22, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley welcomes its #FirstMatch medical residents on Orientation Day.
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April 23, 2015
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approves medical degree for UTRGV School of Medicine
In another major advance for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and its School of Medicine, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree on April 23.
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March 20, 2015
Dr. Leonel Vela, 15 years with the Harlingen RAHC, takes on new role with UTRGV School of Medicine
For the past 15 years, medical education in the Rio Grande Valley has been under the watchful eye of Dr. Leonel Vela, Founding Regional Dean of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) in Harlingen.
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March 9, 2015
UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes new member of faculty
Arden D. Dingle, M.D., has become the first triple-boarded faculty member to be hired at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine that will open its doors to medical students in August 2016.
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February 20, 2015
School of Medicine receives candidacy to begin accreditation process
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has received notice from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) that it has approved the new medical school’s candidacy for accreditation.
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January 22, 2015
UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine Receives $2.88 Million Grant from United Health Foundation to Help Build Healthier Communities in the Rio Grande Valley
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine have been awarded a $2,880,342 grant over three years by United Health Foundation to help support the Colonia Integrated Care Program: VIDAS (Valley Interprofessional Development And Services).
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