The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Graduate Medical Education UTRGV School of Medicine

Program's Welcome

Dr. Cordoba with residents at beside

Welcome Letter from the Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine!

The UTRGV School of Medicine is historic, and has enormous potential.  We are all so excited to be a part of its growth and development.  With its strong social mission, with its creation of new residencies and fellowships, UTRGV Internal Medicine is poised to become a top notch program for the next generation of internists and physicians. 

We have two very unique internal medicine residencies, where our residents learn firsthand excellence in patient care, advocacy for patients and families in the Valley, and scientific and scholarly early career development.

At Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR) Health System in Edinburg, Texas we are able to have residency experiences which are unsurpassed in direct faculty attending contact and work with subspecialists.  DHR too is poised to become a regional leader in health care, and we are simply excited to be part of it.

The Valley is beautiful; it is warm and people are genuinely friendly and very proud of our new medical school.
Come learn about why our residents are happy and proud to represent UTRGV to the world going forward!


Andrew Neal Dentino, MD, FACP, AGSF, FAPA, FAAHPM
Professor and Founding Chair
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine

Welcome Letter from the Program Director

Greetings from Southern Texas!
Thank you for visiting our internal medicine program here at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Doctors Hospital at Renaissance.

What an exciting time in the Valley!  Our new residents will have the unique opportunity to help form not only their residency but a new medical school and university as well.  The formation of UTRGV presents so many options for teaching as well as research.  Our residents with a more clinical focus will also enjoy learning in a community dedicated to underserved populations.  Our goal is to train thoughtful, compassionate, well-prepared physicians who are ready to make a difference.

Our community is rich in tradition, with Mexican and Texan influences, and our residents enjoy diverse options for activities, recreation and dining.  Please feel free to share your interests with us while you are here.

Welcome to our program.  I encourage you to explore with us how our program can support you in developing into the physician you’ve worked so hard to become.


Dr. Cordoba Signature

Michelle L. Cordoba Kissee, MD
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Assistant Professor of Medicine