The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Graduate Medical Education UTRGV School of Medicine

Preventive Medicine Residency at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance

Message from the Director:

Have you ever wondered, “Why do some communities consistently experience better or worse health?” Or, “What can I do to promote health, in addition to treating disease?” 

If so, you’ve entered the world of Preventive Medicine.  Environment, lifestyle and neighborhood profoundly influence health and well-being, accounting for up to 80% of disease experience. To turn the needle on the epidemic of chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity, we need to venture outside the walls of the clinic. We need to think about prevention, community-style.

Enter the Rio Grande Valley, a community rich in enthusiasm, conviction and Tex-Mex heritage. Sadly, the Valley’s cultural richness contrasts with unhealthy statistics depicting poverty, obesity, high rates of diabetes and infectious disease. 

Here is where the UTRGV General Preventive Medicine residency – and you! – comes in.  Our program trains residents to prevent disease via community engagement: respecting local strengths and insight, by including our community members in creating and delivering health programs. Community engagement is a practical, equitable framework for bringing evidence-based medicine’s benefits to underserved populations.

In this two-year residency, you will delve into the Preventive Medicine cornerstones of educationengagement, and data evaluation.

  • As an educator, you’ll learn to counsel patients one-on-one, and also work with the Hidalgo County Department of Public Health to spread awareness among students, families, and other stakeholders on health-promoting lifestyles.
  • You’ll engage communities in your research and projects, teaming up with inter-professional experts in local settings: a colonia, free clinic, school district, or even grocery store.
  • You’ll learn to become an evaluator: completing a Masters’ in Public Health at UTHealth Brownsville, you will analyze programs within varied health care systems, conduct needs assessments, engage in research, identify “best practices” and measure the effectiveness of the programs you and community collectively create.

Throughout your training, you’ll be closely mentored and coached by an interdisciplinary, diverse group of PM faculty – many of whom are regionally, nationally and internationally renowned in their fields.

Congratulations on embarking on the journey to build health through prevention. We warmly welcome your interest and invite you to learn more about the innovative paradigm of General Preventive Medicine at UTRGV.  Working together to link community, clinic and academics with tools of prevention, we truly believe the Rio Grande Valley will one day be known as “the healthiest region in the United States”. 

To your health,

Janani Krishnaswami, M.D., M.P.H.