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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
1201 West University Drive
Edinburg, Texas 78501
(956) 296-1600
Email address
School Information
"The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine uses innovative, competency-based medical education to train the next generation of physicians who are committed to improving the lives and well-being of their communities through innovative research and compassionate, patient-centered care, as well as biomedical scientists who will lead the charge in advancing research on diseases such as diabetes and infectious diseases that affect the Rio Grande Valley and beyond." (Source: "The UTRGV School of Medicine now has more than 200 medical students and over 200 medical residents and fellows serving in nine hospital-based training programs throughout the Valley, with more training programs on the horizon." (Source:

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Admissions Policies
  • The school states that it is "committed to recruiting and retaining students, faculty, residents, and staff from a variety of backgrounds" and that "Differences in beliefs, opinions, perspectives, experiences, lifestyle, gender, sexual orientation, culture, and race/ethnicity all enrich the academic environment and thus are considered in the selection process."
  • One of the goals of the school's "2020-2021 Diversity Strategic Plan" is to "Increase under-represented minorities in medicine."
  • The school's "2020-2021 Diversity Strategic Plan" describes the Early Decision Program as follows: "The program targets college students in the school-defined diversity categories. The Office of Admissions (4 FTEs) supports the budget for this program [with] out of state funds...These students will receive a scholarship to cover 50% of their tuition costs from a $2.5 million grant awarded to SOM by the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The school has a "Diversity and Inclusion Education Series," which has included an October 2022 workshop titled "Faculty Development Diversity Training-Equity in the Interview & Selection Process" and is described as follows: "Training for Internal Medicine Department at Doctor’s Hospital Renaissance—emphasis on importance of maintaining fair and consistent practices for the recruitment, interview, and selection process; discussion of other processes that can enhance equity and diversity."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • According to the school's "2020-2021 Diversity Strategic Plan," the school enhances the faculty search/selection process through implicit bias training which "reviews how implicit biases impact the screening and selection process, covers common cognitive errors of search committees, and offers tips for how to avoid and/or handle them when encountered." Additionally, "Unconscious Bias training is mandatory for all those volunteering to become Equity and Diversity Advocates" and "Search committee members are also required to complete diversity training."
Program and Research Funding
  • Goal four of the school's "2020-2021 Diversity Strategic Plan" states that the school would "Support resident, faculty, senior administrative staff, student research, and scholarship that address diversity and inclusion issues in disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields."
  • On April 27, 2021, the school's news webpage reported that "A team of UTRGV School of Medicine students, Master of Social Work students, and resident physicians are the recipients of the Association of American Medical Colleges AAMC Nurturing Experiences for Tomorrow’s Community Leaders (NEXT) Award to address COVID-19 and systemic racism in their communities." The AAMC "awarded five institutions $10,000 to develop or enhance a learning opportunity that seeks to improve community health and eliminate health disparities..."
  • One of the objectives of the school's 2022-2024 Strategic Plan is to "Sustain a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the learning environment."
  • The school's 2022-2024 Strategic Plan states that one of its core values is "cultural awareness," which it defines as the "Integration of knowledge, awareness, and empathy to successfully work with the diverse and unique needs of any community."
  • On September 24, 2020, the school held an online roundtable discussion featuring "Five former U.S. Surgeons General" who discussed "the problem of racial inequity in health care in the United States during COVID-19."
  • The school published a January 5, 2023 scholarly article titled "Toward a moral reckoning on structural racism: Examining structural factors, encouraging structural thinking, and supporting structural intervention."
Last updated July 4th, 2023
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