The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Graduate Medical Education UTRGV School of Medicine

UTRGV General Surgery Residency at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance

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Welcome from the Program Director

On behalf of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our new General Surgery Residency Program. Located in Edinburg, Texas, in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, our program provides an exciting and historical opportunity to be part of the development of not only a new general surgery residency but to contribute and participate in the creation of a new medical school and birth of a new university. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a direct role in the establishment of institutions of higher education, medical education, and graduate medical education. This is a golden opportunity to “do good” on a regional, national, and international level.

Our philosophy and mission of general surgical education is to, above all, provide excellent, safe and evidence-based, cutting-edge care to the people of South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. This new program brings long awaited medical and surgical care to an underserved region. This is possible by creating a learning environment where our residents will develop into outstanding general surgeons educated in the broad-base of general surgery. They have exposure and participate in the full spectrum of surgical subspecialties including minimally invasive, bariatric, oncologic, pediatric, acute care, trauma, surgical critical care, vascular and endovascular, cardiothoracic, and plastic surgery, while completing a true general surgical training program.

During their rotations, the residents work with experienced general surgeons in private practice, and work side by side with the chair of the department and the program director. Our mission is to produce board eligible general surgeons who are excellent clinicians and surgical technicians capable and ready to enter the independent practice of general surgery in the community; or, if our residents choose to do subspecialty training, they will be competitive and capable of attaining nationally recognized fellowship training. For those residents who choose to pursue an academic career, they will be afforded the opportunity for research and to develop the foundations for an academic surgical career.

We believe general surgery residents are the very core of an excellent Department of Surgery. We will strive to clinically challenge our residents by providing an environment that is conducive to learning while promoting professionalism and service through compassionate care for all.

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