May 2020
Message from the Dean
UT Health RGV and the UTRGV School of Medicine have been working diligently to provide the Rio Grande Valley with COVID-19 resources. In a span of a month we have been able to open four COVID-19 testing sites in Edinburg, Brownsville, Harlingen, and Mercedes.
The UTRGV School of Medicine is at the forefront of providing our community with healthcare resources, including COVID-19 screening and testing, and I am proud of our healthcare professionals for leading the efforts and providing these much needed resources to our region.
We will continue providing updates on these monumental developments spearheaded by our organization.
In addition to our front line efforts in combating the spread of COVID-19, our faculty and staff have still managed to produce a virtual commencement ceremony celebrating our charter class of 2020.
We encourage you to tune in on Saturday, May 9 as students virtually receive their degrees and begin the next chapter in the medical careers. We are extremely proud to graduate these culturally aware medical professionals who will be able to provide exemplary care to diverse populations and improve health outcomes in the Valley and beyond.
Finally, a big thank you is in order to all faculty and staff during this difficult and uncertain time.
The process of transitioning all our education activities to an online platform, working around the clock to provide the community with COVID-19 screening and testing, and still finding ways to celebrate the accomplishments of our students through alternative means is acknowledged and appreciated greatly.
Together we will continue to find innovative solutions through these difficult times.
John H. Krouse, MD, PhD, MBA
Dean, UTRGV School of Medicine
Executive Vice President, Health Affairs

News and Events
On behalf of the UTRGV School of Medicine and UT Health RGV, we want to give a big thank you to our heroes on the front lines who are saving lives everyday, keeping us safe, and preserving our community.

Please watch this commercial that went live April 22, thanking healthcare professionals airing on KRGV (ABC), CBS (Channel 4), NBC (Channel 23), and FOX-CW.
UT Health RGV opens two COVID-19 testing sites in Harlingen and Mercedes
On Wednesday, April 22, the UTRGV School of Medicine through UT Health RGV opened a third COVID-19 testing site in Mercedes.

On Tuesday, April 28, a fourth drive-thru location offering COVID-19 screening was also opened in Harlilngen.

The other two UT Health RGV testing sites are in Edinburg and Brownsville, where more than 1,500 COVID-19 tests have been administered to date.

Due to a decrease in demand at the Brownsville location, that site now will be open three days a week, with personnel and resources moving to the Harlingen location the other two days.

The testing site locations are as follows:

  • Edinburg - Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Brownsville - Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Mercedes - Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM – 2:45 PM
  • Harlingen - Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Please call 1-833-UTRGVMD for COVID-19 screening and testing information .
School of Medicine
awarded $11 mil for GME programs from the THECB

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has been awarded $11 million from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to expand its Graduate Medical Education programs across the Rio Grande Valley.

The grant provides support for the following GME programs:
UTRGV and Harlingen Psychiatry - $3,450,000
UTRGV and Valley Baptist / Harlingen Internal Medicine - $2,250,000
UTRGV and Weslaco / Knapp Medical Center Family Medicine - $2,700,000
UTRGV and Weslaco / Knapp Medical Center Internal Medicine - $2,700,000
UTRGV & local organizations
team up
UTRGV has received a number of donations from local organizations wanting to thank healthcare workers on the front line. From the School of Medicine family we want to thank the local organizations like Platinum Surgey Center in Harlingen, Domino's Pizza, and H-E-B for thinking of our front line workers during these trying times.
Countdown to Commencement
On behalf of Dean Krouse and the entire School of Medicine, we would like to give a big thank you to Dr. Vela and the entire graduation committee for coming together to produce a graduation ceremony celebrating our charter class.

UTRGV School of Medicine faculty and staff are in preparation for the 2020 virtual commencement ceremony taking place Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m.

The virtual commencement ceremony will include messages from Kevin P. Eltife, Chair of the University of Texas System Board of Regents, Dr. Nolan Perez, Regent of the UT System, James B. Milliken, Chancellor of the UT System, Dr. Guy Bailey, UTRGV President, and Dr. John Krouse, Dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine and Executive Vice President of Health Affairs. The Keynote Address will be delivered by Dr. Ken Shine, former Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs for UT System .

View the 2020 School of Medicine Commencement Ceremony

Student Spotlight
Julien Alberto Mahler

Julien Alberto Mahler is a fourth-year medical student from San Antonio, Texas.

Julien serves as the founding board memeber of the UTRGV SOM Student-Run Clinic and is a student government representative for the class of 2020.

Julien will be engaged in research that examines the prevalence of ultrasound detectable diseases in refugees resettled in the United States this summer.

Read mor e about Julien Alberto Mahler
Sponsor a White Coat Today, Join us in Welcoming our Future Generation of Physicians
The White Coat Ceremony has become one of the most important traditions for the incoming medical class at the UTRGV School of Medicine. It creates an important milestone for students entering the medical profession. In the presence of family, friends, and faculty members, students will be presented their first white coats, marking the official start of their medical career.
Since its inception in 2016, the White Coat Ceremony has welcomed more than 200 of the Rio Grande Valley’s incoming medical students. This white coat represents humanism and compassion and it is personally placed on each student’s shoulders to welcome them into the most honorable, most respected profession in the history the world.

Join us in welcoming our future physicians and biomedical scientists by supporting a white coat. For $150, you are providing a student with the universal symbol of the profession of medicine - the white coat.
Your contribution shows students you believe in their ability to succeed and is a symbol of your commitment to the next generation of physicians. Your gift will have an immediate and meaningful impact on UTRGV and the lives of our students. 

Your gift to the School of Medicine supports our mission to educate a diverse group of medical students and future scientists to benefit the Rio Grande Valley and the world.

Great things are happening at the UTRGV School of Medicine. Learn more about the SOM Strategic Plan.
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