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University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

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UT Health Rio Grande Valley is the clinical entity of the UTRGV School of Medicine which was established in 2015 and welcomed the first class of medical students in 2016.Located in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, with a focus toward community health. Our program prioritizes social responsibility, respect, dignity, sensitivity, sensibility, advocacy and community service – with a mission to improve health, and life, at the individual and community levels.

UTRGV was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.

The Rio Grande Valley (RGV) or the Lower Rio Grande Valley, informally called The Valley, is an arealocated in the southernmost tip of South Texas. It lies along the northern bank of the Rio Grande, whichseparates Mexico from the United States. The Rio Grande Valley is not a valley, but a delta or floodplain containing many oxbow lakes or resacas formed from pinched-off meanders in earlier courses of the Rio Grande. The region is made up of four counties: Starr County, Hidalgo County, Willacy County, and Cameron County. As of January 1, 2012, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of the Rio Grande Valley at 1,305,782. According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2008, 86 percent of Cameron County,90 percent of Hidalgo County, 97 percent of Starr County, and 86 percent of Willacy County are Hispanic.The largest city is Brownsville (Cameron County), followed by McAllen (Hidalgo County). Other major cities include Edinburg, Mission, Harlingen, Rio Grande City and Pharr. The Valley encompasses several landmarks that attract tourists, and is primarily known for South Padre Island. Popular destinations include Port Isabel Lighthouse, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, and Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park.

Quality of Life
This South Texas region is one of the most exciting places to work, and play. From semi-pro sports teams to a thriving arts and music scene, there is much to see and do here. South Texas boasts beautiful beaches, plus more than a dozen museums, a nationally-renowned zoo and even a waterpark, making this region a family-friendly destination. Many outdoor adventures await you -- kayaking, canoeing, biking, birding, running, hiking, golfing, or exploring our many wildlife sanctuaries -- and heritage tourism attracts those who want to take a stroll down memory lane. Combined with a low cost-of-living, some of the best public and private primary and secondary schools in the state and nation, moderate weather and affordable housing, Rio Grande Valley shines brightly.Texas is the third largest producer of citrus fruit in United States, the majority of which is grown in the Rio Grande Valley. Grapefruit make up over 70% of the Valley citrus crop, which also includes orange, watermelon, tangerine, tangelo and Meyer lemon production each winter.


EEO Statement
UTRGV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to hire without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status. UTRGV takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Diversity Statement
UTRGV is a Hispanic-serving Institution dedicated to student success and building a diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment. UTRGV has an NSF ADVANCE grant to increase the representation of women in STEM fields and to promote a positive, family friendly workplace for all faculty. We strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.

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Kate Rader, FASPR Image Kate Rader, FASPR
School of Medicine Office of the Dean
Edinburg, TX 78539