Program's Welcome

Dr. Dentino with residents
UTRGV Symposium Residents and Students

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

Welcome! Thank you for expressing your interest in the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine Doctor’s Hospital Renaissance Internal Medicine Residency program by visiting our webpage. We are glad you are here so we can share the excitement and energy of our residents and faculty in building the physician infrastructure to serve the tremendous medical needs of the Rio Grande Valley.

First, we are proud of our family. Our first graduating class in 2018 added eight physicians to our community while the 2019 class also added five physicians to the community. Sixteen new categorical residents and 4 preliminary residents have started their career journey this July. Three new core faculty with roots to the area have joined the program to promote the mission of excellence in serving the Valley. Third year and fourth year medical students are now a vital part of the team caring for patients. We are grateful for the support of the medical community of Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance for their unwavering support of the residents.

Second, we are proud of our community. It is true the Valley comprises one of the poorest regions in the United States, but there is a rich culture and strong respect for the family. There are many varied entertainment, dining, and professional sports options available and comparable to other communities of over one million people. South Padre Island is only an hour away. Activities for children are plentiful.

Lastly, we are proud of our accomplishments. The residents have participated in scholarly activities at national, state, and local levels. They are engaged in ongoing clinical research. The residents have provided care to poorest members of our community. The curriculum is being constantly updated to reflect the needs of our learners. A three day Internal Medicine Review conference was created by UTRGV faculty to assist in board preparation.

Our hope is that we have sparked your interest and good fortune will allow us to tell our story to you in person. We wish you the best as you begin your medical career.

Timothy R. Heath, M.D.
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine

Welcome From Our Fellowship Programs

In 2019, we welcomed the initiation of three fellowship programs. Please contact the coordinators below with any questions regarding fellowships.