Press Releases

City of Edinburg presents $1 million check to the UTRGV School of Medicine

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 2, 2018 – The City of Edinburg continued its support of the UTRGV School of Medicine by presenting a check to School of Medicine officials Friday, Sept. 28, during a gathering in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center on the UTRGV Edinburg Campus.

Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation establishes endowed scholarship to benefit UTRGV School of Medicine students

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – OCT. 1, 2018 – The Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation has established a $50,000 endowed scholarship in honor of the foundation’s former executive director, Randall “Randy” Baker, who retired from his post June 30.

UTRGV School of Medicine hosts first grand opening for Area Health Education Centers

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – SEPT. 24, 2018 –The UTRGV School of Medicine continues its mission to close gaps in access to healthcare and expand educational opportunities for its students with its three Area Health Education Centers (AHEC).

UTRGV School of Medicine and UTHealth Houston School of Public Health to offer dual degree programs

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 3, 2018 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is offering two new dual degree programs for its medical students: a Doctor of Medicine/Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics (MD/MSBMI) and a Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health (MD/MPH).

UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes Class of 2022 with White Coat Ceremony

HARLINGEN – JULY 28, 2018 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine welcomed its newest students with a White Coat Ceremony on Saturday at the Performing Arts Center at Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District.

UTRGV School of Medicine residents, medical students participate in Operation Lone Star at PSJA High

SAN JUAN, TEXAS – JULY 27, 2018 – 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.

UTRGV School of Medicine, community celebrate opening of UT Health RGV Primary Care at Laguna Vista

LAGUNA VISTA, TEXAS – JULY 26, 2018 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, Valley dignitaries and the community on Wednesday celebrated the grand opening of its UT Health RGV Primary Care clinical site in Laguna Vista at 723 Santa Isabel Blvd.

UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes Class of 2022 with orientation

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 10, 2018 – For Alejandro Aquino and Adriana Saavedra – both of them first-year UTRGV medical students and Rio Grande Valley natives – the first day of orientation for medical school was a dream come true.

UTRGV School of Medicine treats patients, unveils UTHealth RGV

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 10, 2018 -- The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine is launching UTHealth RGV, its much-anticipated clinical practice, which will provide patients throughout the Valley additional access to primary and specialty care.

UTRGV School of Medicine awarded NIH grant for type 2 diabetes research

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 10, 2018 – Dr. Sara M. Reyna, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, has received a three-year, $435,900 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to research the role of the protein, extracellular signal regulated-kinase (ERK), in macrophages (white blood cells) in relation to inflammation in skeletal muscle.

UTRGV School of Medicine ranked among the most affordable for out-of-state students

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 10, 2018 – The U.S. News & World Report has listed The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine as one of the most affordable medical schools in the country for out-of-state students.

Rabbi Kogan named director, UTRGV School of Medicine Institute for Bioethics and Social Justice

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 26, 2018 – Rabbi Claudio Kogan, M.D., M.B.E., M.Ed., has been named director of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine’s new Institute for Bioethics and Social Justice.

UTRGV School of Medicine student-led organization tackles culture and medicine

EDINBURG, TEXAS – May 17, 2018 – A group of UTRGV School of Medicine students are spearheading an effort to bring awareness to both culture and medicine.

STDOI receives $3.6 million from NIH for fatty liver research

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 14, 2018 – The South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute (STDOI) at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has received a five-year, $3.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities, to study the environmental determinants of fatty liver disease in Mexican Americans.

UTRGV medical student receives HHMI Medical Research Fellows award

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 4, 2018 – David Goldblatt, a second-year medical student at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, is one of 66 students in the nation to receive the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Medical Research Fellows Award for the 2018-2019 academic year.

UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes back potential students

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 30, 2018 – For McAllen natives Gilbert “Trey” Silva III and Gina Milano, there’s no place like home – to attend medical school.

UTRGV School of Medicine celebrates opening of UT Health RGV Pediatric Specialty

EDINBURG, TEXAS – APRIL 26, 2018 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine hosted a grand opening of its UT Health RGV Pediatric Specialty office, Wednesday, April 25, at 4150 Crosspoint Blvd. in Edinburg.

Two faculty members recognized by National Hispanic Medical Association

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 9, 2018 – Two UTRGV medical professors were honored by the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) during the 22nd annual NHMA Conference this month in Washington, D.C.

UTRGV School of Medicine dean presents white coat to aspiring neurosurgeon

McALLEN, TEXAS – MARCH 28, 2018 – He hasn’t completed elementary school yet, but aspiring neurosurgeon Justin Maya received his first white coat on Wednesday, March 28, from Dr. John H. Krouse, dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine and executive vice president for Health Affairs at UTRGV.

UTRGV School of Medicine celebrates opening of student-run clinic at Proyecto Desarrollo in Peñitas

PEÑITAS, TEXAS – MARCH 27, 2018 – It was a dream two years in the making.

Knapp Community Care Foundation gives UTRGV nearly $2 million for genomic research center in Mid-Valley

WESLACO, TEXAS – MARCH 12, 2018 – The Knapp Community Care Foundation (KCCF) has awarded The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley $1,989,727 over four years for theSouth Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute (STDOI) at the UTRGV School of Medicine, to conduct genomic research related to diabetes among residents in the Mid-Valley.

UTRGV School of Medicine practice plan, UT Health RGV, to open Surgery and Women’s Specialty Center in Harlingen

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – MARCH 2, 2018 – UT Health Rio Grande Valley, the clinical component of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, has acquired a general surgery practice in Harlingen as part of the School of Medicine’s mission to increase access to primary and specialty care for residents throughout the region.

UT Regents approve building of UTRGV School of Medicine Team Based Learning Center

EDINBURG, TEXAS-FEB. 27, 2018- The University of Texas System Board of Regents gave The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) the green light to construct a new building for the ever-growing UTRGV School of Medicine. The project will be funded through the Permanent University Funds (PUF) that the Board of Regents previously pledged at the inception of UTRGV. The expansion will cost $12.2 million.

Three UTRGV School of Medicine leaders to join UT System’s Shine Academy of Health Science Education

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – FEB. 6, 2018 – Three administrators from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine have been selected to serve on The University of Texas System Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., Academy of Health Science Education.

South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute awarded $2.36M NIH grant

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS - JAN. 31, 2018 - Dr. Joanne Curran, of the South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute and the Department of Human Genetics at the UTRGV School of Medicine, has received a four-year, $2.36 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study the relationship between human lipid variation and cardiovascular disease.

UTRGV School of Medicine receives $650,000 in grants from Methodist Healthcare Ministries

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JAN. 22, 2018 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has been awarded two grants totaling $650,000 from Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas Inc. for two of its clinical outreach initiatives.

UTRGV School of Medicine receives award from Kleberg Foundation to increase Valley’s physician workforce

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 19, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has been awarded a three-year, $2 million grant from the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation to recruit and retain primary care physicians to serve as faculty at the School of Medicine and to practice medicine throughout the Valley.

It’s all about the fashion: UTRGV School of Medicine celebrates holidays with annual tacky sweater contest

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 15, 2017 – Faculty and staff of the UTRGV School of Medicine celebrated the end of a successful semester and the beginning of the holiday season with its “Second Annual Tacky Sweater Get Together Jubilee.”

UTRGV medical student offers advice to aspiring doctors via YouTube videos

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 29, 2017 – The University of Texas at Austin football stadium, The UTRGV School of Medicine, and thumbnails on YouTube – all places you might have spotted Shawn Izadi.

UTRGV School of Medicine students get head start on their training with flu shots

MERCEDES, TEXAS – NOV. 22, 2017 – Administering a vaccine for the first time might intimidate some aspiring doctors – especially if the patient is their instructor – but first-year medical student Patrick Ojeaga wasn’t ruffled.

UTRGV School of Medicine dean participates in Texas Tribune’s Conversation on Health Care Reform

EDINBURG, TEXAS – NOV. 22, 2017 – Dr. John H. Krouse, dean of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine and vice president for Health Affairs, participated in the Texas Tribune’s A Conversation on Health Care Reform panel discussion, held Tuesday at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance.

UTRGV School of Medicine students reaffirm commitment to medicine with personal oath

EDINBURG, TEXAS — NOV. 17, 2017 — The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Class of 2021 gathered Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Medical Education Building Auditorium to declare their commitment to their chosen profession by reciting an oath the students wrote themselves.

Director of Memory Disorders Center at UTRGV Institute for Neurosciences to focus on Alzheimer’s, dementia, in Valley’s senior Latinos

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT. 19, 2017 – Dr. Gladys Maestre, professor of biomedical sciences at the UTRGV School of Medicine, wants to know more about why the number of dementia cases in the Valley’s Latino population is so high. 

McAllen makes $1 million contribution to UTRGV School of Medicine 

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 11, 2017 – The City of McAllen presented a $1 million check to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine on Wednesday, in support of the school’s mission to educate students and residents and provide increased access to healthcare. 

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. 

Added Valor: UTRGV hosts collaborative Community Engagement and Interprofessional Education Summit

EDINBURG, TEXAS – SEPT. 29, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine and the Division of Governmental and Community Relations on Friday, Sept. 29, hosted the Valor Community Engagement and Interprofessional Education Summit, bringing together community organizations and university faculty to discuss how to expand their collaboration.

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.

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.

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).

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.

UT Regents approve $20 million in PUF for UTRGV School of Medicine

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 28, 2017 – 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.

Hundreds share their discoveries at first UTRGV-DHR Research Symposium

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 15, 2017 – 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).

UTRGV School of Medicine awarded grant for suicide education, prevention program

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 10, 2017 – 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.

UTRGV School of Medicine students pay it forward with podcasts for incoming class

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JULY 28, 2017 – 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.

UTRGV welcomes its School of Medicine Class of 2021 with White Coat Ceremony in Brownsville

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JULY 22, 2017 – 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.

Orientation underway for UTRGV School of Medicine's second cohort, Class of 2021

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JULY 7, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine welcomed its newest 50 students this week at its first day of orientation.

UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes 56 new medical residents to practice in the Valley

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 23, 2017 – The UTRGV School of Medicine (SOM) welcomed its 56 new medical residents during orientation June 22-23 at the Edinburg Medical Education Building.

UTRGV School of Medicine to open specialty pediatrics clinic

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JUNE 14, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine is planning to open a pediatrics clinic soon, to help meet the needs of specialty pediatric care in the community.

City of Pharr continues commitment to UTRGV School of Medicine with $500,000 donation

PHARR, TEXAS – JUNE 13, 2017 – The City of Pharr continued its support of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine (SOM) by presenting the school with a check for $500,000 Tuesday, June 13. This is the second donation the City of Pharr has made to SOM as part of a memorandum of understanding UTRGV signed with Pharr and other local government entities. The City of Pharr has committed to give $500,000 annually to support the School of Medicine.

UTRGV names Dr. John H. Krouse new dean of the School of Medicine

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS–MAY, 11, 2017– 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.

UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes back prospective students for Class of 2021

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS–APRIL 10, 2017–The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine gave prospective students who have been accepted for its second cohort a chance to take another close look at its campuses.

UTRGV School of Medicine gains 56 new residents, three new residency programs

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS–MARCH 17, 2017– 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.

UTRGV med students spend month in the field, engage with underserved population

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – FEB. 9, 2017 – The South Texas Environmental Education and Research (STEER) Program at The UTRGV School of Medicine has been selected to receive the university's 2017 Community Engaged Scholarship Champions Award.

Lieberman, UTRGV School of Medicine interim dean, updates UT Regents on progress to date

AUSTIN, TEXAS – FEB. 9, 2017 – Dr. Steven A. Lieberman, interim dean of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's School of Medicine, on Feb. 8 gave the Board of Regents' Health Affairs Committee an update on the progress of the UT System's newest medical school.

UTRGV School of Medicine matches with 50 students for its second cohort

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – FEB. 6, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has identified 50 prospective students for its second class. 

UTRGV announces $15M gift from Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – FEB. 3, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley today announced that the School of Medicine has received a $15 million gift from The Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation to create the new UTRGV Institute for Neurosciences 

UTRGV, area healthcare leaders provide update for state legislators

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – JAN. 27, 2017 – Dr. Leonel Vela, senior associate dean for Education and Academic Affairs at The UTRGV Valley School of Medicine, participated in a panel discussion with leaders from three area hospitals Thursday night and provided an update on the SOM's progress for visiting legislators.

UTRGV launches search for new dean for School of Medicine

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 22, 2016 – The search for a new dean for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine is underway.

SOM faculty participate in border health conference at UTRGV

EDINBURG, TEXAS – NOV. 7, 2016 – 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.

HESTEC Quick Hit: High school seniors help solve medical mystery at HESTEC Student Leadership Day

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 4, 2016 – 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. 

UTRGV greets new faculty as 2016-17 academic year begins

EDINBURG, TEXAS – AUG 22, 2016 – 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.

UTRGV medical students get taste of yoga's benefits to overall wellness

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 26, 2016 – The first cohort of medical students at The UTRGV School of Medicine started the second week of orientation with some yoga. 

Brass Tacks: Classes start for first 55 UTRGV medical school students

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JULY 26, 2016 – 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.

UTRGV SOM Class of 2020 don white coats for first time, during meaningful ceremony

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JULY 23, 2016 – 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.

UTRGV, UHF unveil Unimóvil mobile health clinic

EDINBURG, TEXAS–JULY 14, 2016– 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.

UTRGV School of Medicine founding dean to step down

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 29, 2016 – 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.

UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes its first class

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 27, 2016 – This day has been a long time coming for McAllen resident Veronica Treviño. 

UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes second cohort, 42 newest medical residents

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – JUNE 24, 2016 – 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. 

UTRGV and UHF hold symposium to address healthcare disparities and access

EDINBURG, TEXAS – MAY 11, 2016 – 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. 

Second STITCH Symposium highlights collaboration between UTRGV and community

McALLEN, TEXAS – MARCH 25, 2016 – 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. 

UTRGV welcomes 42 new residents in 2016 School of Medicine Match

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 25, 2016 – 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. 

UTRGV awarded $4.2 million from THECB to expand Graduate Medical Education

EDINBURG, TEXAS – FEB. 23, 2016 – 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. 

UTRGV School of Medicine receives $1M grant from Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 16, 2015 – 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).

UTRGV symposium STITCHes up collaboration with community partners

EDINBURG, TEXAS, DEC. 4, 2015 – 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.

UTRGV SOM continues community health support with fair, clinics at Indian Hills

MERCEDES, Texas, Nov. 20, 2015 – 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. 

UTRGV School of Medicine joins AMA's Medical Education Consortium

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Nov. 4, 2015 – 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.

LCME grants preliminary accreditation: UTRGV School of Medicine now accepting applications

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT. 16, 2015 – 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).  

Manusov brings collaborative healthcare leadership to new UTRGV School of Medicine post

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – AUGUST 2015 – 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.

UTRGV medical residency coordinators to present at national conference

HARLINGEN, TEXSAS – AUGUST 24, 2015 – 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.

Ogburn joins UTRGV School of Medicine as founding chair of ObGyn department

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – AUGUST 24 2015 – 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.

UTRGV School of Medicine names Ronnau senior associate dean for Interprofessional Education

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – July 20, 2015 – UTRGV School of Medicine names Ronnau senior associate dean for Interprofessional Education

Fernandez elected president of American College of Psychiatrists

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – 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. .

STITCH brings preventive health care to Indian Hills colonia

MERCEDES, TEXAS – JULY 20, 2015 – 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.

UTRGV School of Medicine partners with STC and Hidalgo County to offer GED classes

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JUNE 20, 2015 – 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. 

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approves medical degree for UTRGV School of Medicine

AUSTIN, TEXAS - APRIL 23, 2015 – 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. 

Dr. Leonel Vela, 15 years with the Harlingen RAHC, takes on new role with UTRGV School of Medicine

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – MARCH 20, 2015 – 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.

UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes new member of faculty

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – MARCH 9, 2015 – 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.

School of Medicine receives candidacy to begin accreditation process

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 20, 2015 – 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. 

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

EDINBURG, Texas (Jan. 22, 2015) – 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).

Construction begins on first new building for UTRGV medical school

EDINBURG – Medical, academic and community leaders from throughout South Texas gathered Tuesday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Medical Academic Building, the first new construction for the UTRGV School of Medicine.