Obstetrics & Gynecology at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance

Dr. Ogburn with patient
Dr. with patient
Dr. with patient

Welcome to the Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program

Dear Residency Candidate:

Welcome to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Hospital (DHR). Our residency program is dedicated to training outstanding, well-rounded, socially conscious physicians who will serve as leaders within general obstetrics and gynecology and its sub-specialties, as well as their communities. Let me share with you some of the unique aspects of UTRGV-DHR and our residency program.

Our residency program began the 2015-2016 academic year as part of a long-standing vision of many community and academic leaders throughout Texas and the Rio Grande Valley of a major university center equipped to address the healthcare and educational needs of the area’s 1.3 million residents and beyond. The program is affiliated with the UTRGV School of Medicine, which started its first class in 2016. The opportunities to innovate and inspire in these new programs, as well as the rich family-friendly cultural and recreational activities of the area, have allowed us to attract top-notch mission-driven faculty. 

We provide all residents with individualized training and mentoring so that they can pursue their highest aspirations as physicians, whether in general obstetrics and gynecology or through additional training in fellowship programs. Our core rotations provide a robust experience in obstetrics, gynecology, and office-based practice, as well as substantial and early exposure to all sub-specialties. Additionally, our third-year rotation at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center provides valuable exposure to a world-class subspecialty referral center. The high volume inpatient services at DHR provide a wealth of opportunity in all aspects of obstetrics and surgical gynecology. Specifically, DHR provides services in over 70 specialties and subspecialties by more than 650 physicians and boasts the only exclusive Women’s Hospital in South Texas, with more than 8,000 deliveries annually, as well as a level III-c NICU. Our residents fully participate in the care of not only their own and faculty practice patients but also of a large number of Volunteer Clinical Faculty community physicians, allowing our trainees to experience the most valuable aspects of both academic and community-centered training programs. Strong research opportunities supplement our residents’ educational experience. All trainees are expected to pursue scholarly activities, and faculty members involved in research are eager for resident participation. Residents are supported to publish and present their research and quality improvement projects. 

Other unique aspects of our program include: (1) Focus on professional development, (2) Emphasis on community service and outreach, and (3) Flexibility of the PGY-4 year. We believe that developing the professionalism and leadership skills of our residents is paramount, and to this end we dedicate a significant portion of our Friday morning curriculum to these skills sets. We strongly encourage our residents to pursue leadership roles in professional and health-related community organizations and fully support resident participation in hospital and university committees. Additionally, our formalized mentoring program ensures all residents meet at least quarterly with a dedicated core faculty mentor throughout their residency experience. As a program, we feel strongly connected to the community we serve. Our goal is to have residents reach out in many ways to serve beyond the walls of the hospital. As the program grows, residents will participate in a number of community activities including presenting at health fairs, providing care at community-based clinics, joining faculty in community presentations, and providing service through the “Unimovil”, UTRGV’s medical mobile health clinic. Lastly, we are developing a flexible PGY-4 year that will allow chief residents to solidify surgical and other skills in preparation for practice, while focusing on teaching medical students and junior residents, and pursuing specific areas of clinical interest.

Thank you for taking the time to look at the UTRGV Obstetrics and Gynecology-DHR Residency Program. We are an innovative new program in a medically underserved region of Texas that provides learners unique opportunities to become outstanding leaders in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. Our program trains residents to provide the type of care they would want their families to have: compassionate, comprehensive, high quality, and cutting edge. We feel that we offer a superb training experience and hope that you will contact us with any questions about our program.


Jennifer Salcedo, MD, MPH, MPP, FACOG
Associate Professor and Residency Program Director
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine

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