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Posted on: January 17, 2017

UTRGV SCHOOL OF MEDICINE CLASS OF 2020

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Fifty-four future doctors were at Commissioners Court to thank Hidalgo County for its continued support of the UTRGV School of Medicine. The county has pledged to support the medical school with annual contributions of $1 million for 10 years, beginning in 2014. To date, the county has provided $3 million to the medical school.

The inaugural class of medical students began their studies in July. They will spend the first two years studying in Edinburg and the last two years in Harlingen.

"Over 2,700 students applied to the program and only 55 were admitted," said Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia. "The students come from all parts of Texas as well as from California, Maine, Florida, Arizona, New York, and Illinois and 20 are from the Rio Grande Valley."

Four students spoke on behalf of the class stating that having a Medical School in the Rio Grande Valley has provided better access to higher education and will produce physicians who stay here to practice medicine. 

Vice President for Governmental and Community Relations Veronica Gonzales said there will be increased access to excellent healthcare by culturally attuned doctors trained at home, as well as more and better research that will impact diseases prevalent in the Rio Grande Valley.

"One of our proudest moments in opening the School of Medicine was meeting all the stellar students who are not only book smart, but also compassionate and care about serving our community," said Gonzales. "We'd like to thank Hidalgo County Commissioners Court for the tremendous support."
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