State Approves Medical Degree for UTRGV

In it’s march to open a new medical school, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley got a significant boost Thursday morning when the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board gave its formal approval to award medical degrees.

Officially called a Doctor of Medicine degree, the move bring the reality of a medical school to the Valley one step closer, a news release said.

Here’s the complete release:

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approves medical degree for UTRGV School of Medicine

AUSTIN, TEXAS – APRIL 23, 2015 – In another major advance for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and its School of Medicine, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on April 23 approved a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree.

The approval of UTRGV’s Doctor of Medicine degree affords students in the Rio Grande Valley the opportunity to pursue a career in medicine that has never before been possible.

Scheduled to open in fall 2016, the UTRGV School of Medicine plans to enroll 50 students into its inaugural class for the medical school, pending accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

“This is yet another historic milestone for the entire Valley, UTRGV and the School of Medicine. We are thankful to the UT System Board of Regents, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, our President Dr. Guy Bailey and our staff and faculty who are committed to our goal of providing education that is state-of-the-art in terms of advancing the science of medicine with technology in concert with a humanistic approach,” said Inaugural Dean Dr. Francisco Fernandez.

The UTRGV M.D. program will have an innovative curriculum where medical students will have early exposure to clinical experiences and service learning opportunities. Students and faculty will also have the opportunity to…

Read more at The Valley Morning Star.


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