Established in 2016, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine is the realization of the decades-long effort of community leaders and other supporters to establish a medical school in the Valley to provide health care to a region that historically has been burdened by health disparities. The mission is to improve the quality of life and health for all in the Rio Grande Valley through collaborative innovations advancing healthcare, education, and research in a model of integration and teamwork within the community.
The UTRGV School of Medicine welcomed its charter class of 55 medical students in the summer of 2016. The UTRGV School of Medicine now has more than 100 medical students and more than 130 medical residents and fellows training in 16 ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship programs throughout the Valley, with more training programs on the horizon. The UTRGV School of Medicine is comprised of 114 faculty in the following departments: Family and Preventative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Psychiatry and Neurology, Surgery, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Biomedical Sciences, Population Health and Biostatistics, Human G...enetics, Neurosciences, Immunology and Microbiology, and the South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute.