Category Archives: Healthcare

UTRGV Human Genetics Doctoral Program Proposal Approved

Human Genetics

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently approved the degree proposal for a doctorate in human genetics for the UTRGV School of Medicine. The new human genetics Ph.D. program will be a full-time, four-year, 72-credit-hour degree plan. It will focus on applications of human genetics to medicine. The program will also address the growing need for researchers in human genetics and genomics in South Texas. The program still must now receive…

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UTRGV To Host Health Career Expo

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The UTRGV Career Center will host the Spring 2021 Virtual Health Professionals & Nursing Career Expo on 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 20. The event is for interested students and alumni. The job expo will be online, connecting individuals with recruiters from hospitals, clinics and non-profits. Employers come from not only from the South Texas area but from across the country. “My advice to both alumni and students attending the expo is…

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TSTC Nursing Welcomes Lifelike Equipment

This lifelike simulator (aptly named "Junior" by students and faculty) is one of the new pieces of technology in the TSTC Nursing program classroom. (photo TSTC)

Nursing students at Texas State Technical College will be learning with some new equipment. Several grants are allowing for the purchase of a Nurse Anne simulator, a SimBaby simulator and a SimMom update, among other teaching essentials. The simulators, which mimic real patients, give students a real-world sense of their future careers. They also make for more learning time due to current limits on clinicals and other outside practicums. TSTC…

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Physician Residents Taking On Challenge

Resident physician Dr. Jorge Duarte Solis speaks to a patient at the Internal Medicine Clinic at Knapp Medical Center. (Courtesy)

Medical residency programs always bring and require what Dr. Timothy Heath calls an “intensity of experience” as young physicians make their way through real-life training. Add the rigors and challenges of dealing with the recent pandemic and coping with situations not seen in a century. The reality of it all is testing 14 physician residents under Heath’s supervision in ways no one imagined. “I’ve spoken to colleagues and I can…

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TSC Nursing Receives Nursing Innovation Grant

TSC Nursing program students will have a greater opportunity of training virtually thanks to a Nursing Innovation Grant.

The Associate Degree of Nursing program at Texas Southmost College will soon be able to increase its training opportunities thanks to a Nursing Innovation Grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. TSC’s nursing program is one of 45 nursing programs throughout the state to receive this grant. The $75,000 grant will support clinical learning experiences. It will also support the program’s use of evidence-based alternatives to hands-on practice with patients.…

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From Restaurant Cook to Patient Care

Juan de la Rosa

Juan de la Rosa of Donna was working as a cook at Longhorn Steakhouse when he decided to pursue a career in a high-demand field where he could earn more money while helping people. He decided to enroll at South Texas College in the Patient Care Technician Program. In this program, de la Rosa knew he would also be taught entry-level skills in phlebotomy, EKG and monitor technician. While enrolling…

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First Podiatry Program in State Coming to UTRGV

Dr. Lawrence Harkless, interim dean of the UTRGV School of Podiatry (Jennifer Galindo, UTRGV photo)

The first school of podiatry is coming to Texas in the fall of 2022. Furthermore, it will be right here in the Rio Grande Valley at UTRGV. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved a request from the university to create a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine with a major in Podiatric Medicine for the UTRGV School of Podiatry. The school will allow students to pursue careers in the medical…

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Financial Stability Offers Cindy Monge a New VIDA

Cindy Monge, VIDA

Working in sales provided Cindy Monge with a job but not with financial stability. She established a long-term goal of earning a bachelor’s degree in perfusion science. As a perfusionist, Monge would run the cardiopulmonary-bypass machine during open-heart surgery, allowing the heart to be still for the surgeon while the machine performs its job, maintaining blood flow to the body’s tissues. Monge also established a short-term goal that would align…

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Producing Health Care Workers In Time of Need

South Texas Training students practice skills on each other in early spring 2020. (Courtesy)

The front lines of hospitals and nursing homes are under severe duress – and help isn’t coming just from universities and nursing schools. Employers are in need of nurse assistants, medical assistants and phlebotomists in caring for surging numbers of patients. Career schools with licenses from the Texas Workforce Commission are training and educating these essential workers. Schools such as Careers Unlimited and South Texas Training Center are working to…

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Long Overdue: Specialist Seeing Patients in McAllen

Dr. Alejandro Cruz uses a model of the brain to discuss how lesions form in patients with multiple sclerosis.

The MS community in the Rio Grande Valley is abuzz with the news of a new doctor in town. Multiple sclerosis is an immune-mediated disease of the central nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord. It causes the immune system to attack the myelin, or protective sheath, around nerve fibers. This makes it difficult for the brain to properly communicate with the rest of the body. As nerves…

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