Tag Archives: UTRGV School of Medicine

Building a Culture of Health in the RGV

Hidalgo-County residents take advantage of the Hidalgo County Precinct 2 Hike-and-Bike Trail in San Juan.

We have all been deluged with local, state, national and international statistics about COVID-19 in recent months. The term “underlying conditions” is often cited in describing those who have become critically ill or who have passed away. There has been more limited information about the actions individuals and communities can take to improve the chances of fighting COVID-19 and other deadly viruses and diseases. Eddie Olivarez, the chief administrator for…

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School of Medicine Holds Virtual Commencement

Dr. John Krouse addresses the inaugural Class of 2020 remotely. (Courtesy)

On May 9, the graduating class of the UTRGV School of Medicine made history, both as the inaugural class and graduating via a virtual ceremony. The ceremony was a poignant way to honor the challenges graduates now heading into a time of pandemic. Online participants and visitors heard messages from both UTRGV and UT System leaders. Keynote speaker was Dr. Kenneth Shine, former executive vice chancellor for Health Affairs for…

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Medical School Dean Predicts Early-May Peak in RGV

ohn Krouse at the Innovation, Transformation and Disruption panel in January. (UTRGV School of Medicine photo)

The dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine believes strict stay-at-home orders will likely lead to the coronavirus spread peaking in early May in the Rio Grande Valley.  Dr. John Krouse said models he is seeing suggest the Valley is coming up to its COVID-19 peak time. “The latest models I’m seeing coming out of the state are looking at a peak, perhaps in early May,” Krouse said during a…

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School of Medicine Clinics Broaden Reach

Dr. Sawyer Lambert, an optometrist at the UT Health RGV Vision Center, provides one of the many different types of medical services offered at clinics in the Valley. (Photo provided by UT Health RGV).

The UT Health RGV/Knapp Family Health Center in Mercedes sits across the street from a high school for medical professions. For Dr. Miguel Tello, the proximity of the health center he oversees to the South Texas ISD High School of Medical Professions is more than symbolic. It points to the range of possibilities now available to Rio Grande Valley youth.  “The whole cycle” is how Tello puts it in noting…

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Homecoming for Valleyites

Dr. Leonel Vela, senior associate dean of education and academic affairs, and Dr. John H. Krouse, executive vice president of health affairs and dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine, help Class of 2023 student Roman Silva into his white coat at the White Coat Ceremony July 27. (Courtesy Diane Nixon)

There’s no place like home.  ~ Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz When Roman Silva left McAllen in the fall of 2013 to attend the University of Texas at Austin, he did not give much thought to whether or not he would come home after graduation. But Silva quickly fell in love with Austin and began envisioning himself making it his new home. Silva declared business management as his major; however, by…

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The Road Home

UTRGV School of Medicine Class of 2023 student Roman Silva at the school’s White Coat Ceremony July 27 with his aunt Jennifer Nixon, mom Amy Silva and uncle Beau Nixon. (photo Diane Nixon)

Roman Silva returned to McAllen in July to take his place in the UTRGV School of Medicine Class of 2023.  He spent the past five years in Austin, earning his bachelor’s in business at UT. Upon graduating in 2018, he then began working full time while applying to medical school.   Silva’s days are grueling, going to class from morning to early evening. He then heads directly to the School of…

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Development Makes the RGV Prosperous

Eighty years ago, the Rio Grande Valley was a rural, agriculturally based economy with little growth happening. Fast forward to 10 years ago, and the RGV was quickly becoming a thriving metropolitan area as development intensified. Today, the region has completely transformed economically. It has become an area developed by improving and increasing commercial, retail, industrial, entertainment, medical and higher education institutions.  Education In 2013, the transformation of the RGV’s…

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Partnership Forms Local Medical Career Pipeline

Representatives from UTRGV and Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District (Photo Harlingen CISD)

On Dec. 11, UTRGV and the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District laid the foundation for a pathway for local students to enter the healthcare field. The new partnership will lead to development of a curriculum, counseling and advisement to Harlingen High School of Health Professions students preparing to apply to UTRGV and its Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences program and the School of Medicine. “This exciting new partnership helps expand our mission…

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School of Medicine Launches UTHealth RGV

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has launched UTHealth RGV, the school’s clinical practice which provides patients throughout the Valley additional access to primary and specialty care. The practice has several offices open, providing primary and specialty care. This includes pediatric genetics and neurology care, as well as women’s health specialists, general and endocrine surgery and rheumatology. Locations are found throughout the Valley, with more opening in coming…

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School of Medicine to Open Women’s Center

The UT Health Rio Grande Valley Surgery and Women’s Specialty Center will soon be coming to this building at 614 Maco Drive.

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. The UT Health Rio Grande Valley Surgery and Women’s Specialty Center, located at 614 Maco Drive in Harlingen, will offer services such…

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