Friday, July 27, 2018
  Awards and Recognitions

By Jennifer Berghom

San Juan, Texas  Family medicine residents and first-year medical students from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley participated recently in Operation Lone Star at Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School.
 
Operation Lone Star, which ran from July 23-27, is an annual emergency preparedness event that offers public healthcare services for South Texas communities, including physicals, sports physicals, immunizations and screenings for diabetes, blood pressure and vision. Some locations also offered eye and dental exams.
 
Medical residents from the UTRGV School of Medicine’s three Family Medicine residency programs provided healthcare services to patients, and medical students observed and assisted healthcare providers on Wednesday, July 25, and Thursday, July 26.
 
Participating in Operation Lone Star offers the School of Medicine another opportunity to fulfill its mission to engage with the community, expand access to health care services and provide excellent care to patients.
 
The Texas Department of State Health Services runs the weeklong exercise in partnership with the Texas State Guard Medical Brigade and local health departments. This year, Operation Lone Star conducted the exercises in six locations throughout Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Webb counties.

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Operation Lone Star at PSJA High

Dave Maurer talks with UTRGV School of Medicine student volunteers

Operation Lone Star at PSJA High

  Friday, July 27, 2018 — SAN JUAN, TEXAS – UTRGV family medicine residents and first-year medical students participated recently in Operation Lone Star at Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School. The annual emergency preparedness event ran from July 23-27, offering public healthcare services for South Texas communities, including physicals, sports physicals, immunizations and screenings for diabetes, blood pressure and vision. Some locations also offered eye and dental exams. The Texas Department of State Health Services runs the weeklong exercise, in partnership with the Texas State Guard Medical Brigade and local health departments. This year, Operation Lone Star conducted the exercises in six locations throughout Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Webb counties. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)

Patinet recieves a dental procedure.

Operation Lone Star at PSJA High

  Friday, July 27, 2018 — SAN JUAN, TEXAS – UTRGV family medicine residents and first-year medical students participated recently in Operation Lone Star at Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School. The annual emergency preparedness event ran from July 23-27, offering public healthcare services for South Texas communities, including physicals, sports physicals, immunizations and screenings for diabetes, blood pressure and vision. Some locations also offered eye and dental exams. The Texas Department of State Health Services runs the weeklong exercise, in partnership with the Texas State Guard Medical Brigade and local health departments. This year, Operation Lone Star conducted the exercises in six locations throughout Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Webb counties. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)

Physician administers a dental procedure.

Operation Lone Star at PSJA High

  Friday, July 27, 2018 — SAN JUAN, TEXAS – UTRGV family medicine residents and first-year medical students participated recently in Operation Lone Star at Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School. The annual emergency preparedness event ran from July 23-27, offering public healthcare services for South Texas communities, including physicals, sports physicals, immunizations and screenings for diabetes, blood pressure and vision. Some locations also offered eye and dental exams. The Texas Department of State Health Services runs the weeklong exercise, in partnership with the Texas State Guard Medical Brigade and local health departments. This year, Operation Lone Star conducted the exercises in six locations throughout Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Webb counties. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)

UTRGV School of Medicine students volunteer in Operation Lone Star.

Operation Lone Star at PSJA High

  Friday, July 27, 2018 — SAN JUAN, TEXAS – UTRGV family medicine residents and first-year medical students participated recently in Operation Lone Star at Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School. The annual emergency preparedness event ran from July 23-27, offering public healthcare services for South Texas communities, including physicals, sports physicals, immunizations and screenings for diabetes, blood pressure and vision. Some locations also offered eye and dental exams. The Texas Department of State Health Services runs the weeklong exercise, in partnership with the Texas State Guard Medical Brigade and local health departments. This year, Operation Lone Star conducted the exercises in six locations throughout Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Webb counties. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)

Dr. Wade Barker, talks with UTRGV School of Medicine student volunteers about dental care in Operation Lone Star on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at the PSJA Early College High School in San Juan, Texas. The Texas Health & Human Services works with region

Operation Lone Star at PSJA High

  Friday, July 27, 2018 — SAN JUAN, TEXAS – UTRGV family medicine residents and first-year medical students participated recently in Operation Lone Star at Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School. The annual emergency preparedness event ran from July 23-27, offering public healthcare services for South Texas communities, including physicals, sports physicals, immunizations and screenings for diabetes, blood pressure and vision. Some locations also offered eye and dental exams. The Texas Department of State Health Services runs the weeklong exercise, in partnership with the Texas State Guard Medical Brigade and local health departments. This year, Operation Lone Star conducted the exercises in six locations throughout Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Webb counties. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)

UTRGV School of Medicine students volunteer in Operation Lone Star on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at the PSJA Early College High School in San Juan, Texas. The Texas Health & Human Services works with regional and local partners to bring free health

Operation Lone Star at PSJA High

  Friday, July 27, 2018 — SAN JUAN, TEXAS – UTRGV family medicine residents and first-year medical students participated recently in Operation Lone Star at Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School. The annual emergency preparedness event ran from July 23-27, offering public healthcare services for South Texas communities, including physicals, sports physicals, immunizations and screenings for diabetes, blood pressure and vision. Some locations also offered eye and dental exams. The Texas Department of State Health Services runs the weeklong exercise, in partnership with the Texas State Guard Medical Brigade and local health departments. This year, Operation Lone Star conducted the exercises in six locations throughout Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Webb counties. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)

Michelle Porter, RN with Remote Area Medical, instructs UTRGV School of Medicine student volunteers in Operation Lone Star on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at the PSJA Early College High School in San Juan, Texas. The Texas Health & Human Services

Operation Lone Star at PSJA High

  Friday, July 27, 2018 — SAN JUAN, TEXAS – UTRGV family medicine residents and first-year medical students participated recently in Operation Lone Star at Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School. The annual emergency preparedness event ran from July 23-27, offering public healthcare services for South Texas communities, including physicals, sports physicals, immunizations and screenings for diabetes, blood pressure and vision. Some locations also offered eye and dental exams. The Texas Department of State Health Services runs the weeklong exercise, in partnership with the Texas State Guard Medical Brigade and local health departments. This year, Operation Lone Star conducted the exercises in six locations throughout Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Webb counties. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)

Patients sit in line awaiting the public health care services.

Operation Lone Star at PSJA High

  Friday, July 27, 2018 — SAN JUAN, TEXAS – UTRGV family medicine residents and first-year medical students participated recently in Operation Lone Star at Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School. The annual emergency preparedness event ran from July 23-27, offering public healthcare services for South Texas communities, including physicals, sports physicals, immunizations and screenings for diabetes, blood pressure and vision. Some locations also offered eye and dental exams. The Texas Department of State Health Services runs the weeklong exercise, in partnership with the Texas State Guard Medical Brigade and local health departments. This year, Operation Lone Star conducted the exercises in six locations throughout Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Webb counties. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)

Dr. Beatriz Tapia, UTRGV School of Medicine Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, organizes medical students volunteering in Operation Lone Star on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at the PSJA Early College High School in San Juan, Texas. The Texas Health

Operation Lone Star at PSJA High

  Friday, July 27, 2018 — SAN JUAN, TEXAS – UTRGV family medicine residents and first-year medical students participated recently in Operation Lone Star at Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School. The annual emergency preparedness event ran from July 23-27, offering public healthcare services for South Texas communities, including physicals, sports physicals, immunizations and screenings for diabetes, blood pressure and vision. Some locations also offered eye and dental exams. The Texas Department of State Health Services runs the weeklong exercise, in partnership with the Texas State Guard Medical Brigade and local health departments. This year, Operation Lone Star conducted the exercises in six locations throughout Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Webb counties. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)

Dr. John Ronnau, UTRGV School of Medicine Senior Associate Dean for Community Health Partnerships, talks with medical students volunteering in Operation Lone Star on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at the PSJA Early College High School in San Juan, Texas.

Operation Lone Star at PSJA High

  Friday, July 27, 2018 — SAN JUAN, TEXAS – UTRGV family medicine residents and first-year medical students participated recently in Operation Lone Star at Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School. The annual emergency preparedness event ran from July 23-27, offering public healthcare services for South Texas communities, including physicals, sports physicals, immunizations and screenings for diabetes, blood pressure and vision. Some locations also offered eye and dental exams. The Texas Department of State Health Services runs the weeklong exercise, in partnership with the Texas State Guard Medical Brigade and local health departments. This year, Operation Lone Star conducted the exercises in six locations throughout Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Webb counties. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)

  • Thumbnail: Dave Maurer talks with UTRGV School of Medicine student volunteers
  • Thumbnail: Patinet recieves a dental procedure.
  • Thumbnail: Physician administers a dental procedure.
  • Thumbnail: UTRGV School of Medicine students volunteer in Operation Lone Star.
  • Thumbnail: Dr. Wade Barker, talks with UTRGV School of Medicine student volunteers about dental care in Operation Lone Star on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at the PSJA Early College High School in San Juan, Texas. The Texas Health & Human Services works with region
  • Thumbnail: UTRGV School of Medicine students volunteer in Operation Lone Star on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at the PSJA Early College High School in San Juan, Texas. The Texas Health & Human Services works with regional and local partners to bring free health
  • Thumbnail: Michelle Porter, RN with Remote Area Medical, instructs UTRGV School of Medicine student volunteers in Operation Lone Star on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at the PSJA Early College High School in San Juan, Texas. The Texas Health & Human Services
  • Thumbnail: Patients sit in line awaiting the public health care services.
  • Thumbnail: Dr. Beatriz Tapia, UTRGV School of Medicine Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, organizes medical students volunteering in Operation Lone Star on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at the PSJA Early College High School in San Juan, Texas. The Texas Health
  • Thumbnail: Dr. John Ronnau, UTRGV School of Medicine Senior Associate Dean for Community Health Partnerships, talks with medical students volunteering in Operation Lone Star on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at the PSJA Early College High School in San Juan, Texas.

ABOUT UTRGV

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.