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UTRGV School of Medicine, DHR Health Graduate Inaugural Classes of Family Medicine & Internal Medicine Residents

3 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 June 22, 2018 4:41 PM June 22, 2018 in Community

EDINBURG - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine and DHR Health on Friday, June 15 graduated the inaugural classes of their Family Medicine and Internal Medicine residency programs.

Seventeen physicians - five from the Family Medicine residency program and 12 from the Internal Medicine residency program - comprise the largest graduating class for the UTRGV School of Medicine's residency programs. The majority residents plan to remain practicing medicine in the Valley, several of which will join the faculty at the School of Medicine and the medical staff at DHR Health.

Residency programs offer post-graduate training for physicians after they complete medical school and their licensure exams. These training programs allow physicians to further develop their clinical skills in a specialty of their choosing. Programs typically last from three to seven years, depending on the specialty. The UTRGV School of Medicine and DHR Health began their residency programs in the summer of 2015.

Michelle Cordoba-Kissee, MD who served as the program coordinator for the UTRGV-DHR Internal Medicine Residency, congratulated the graduating residents and praised their accomplishments.

"We enthusiastically welcome our new colleagues to join us in our profession," Dr. Cordoba-Kissee said. "We look forward to collaborating with these well-trained, evidence-based, cost-effective, culturally competent physicians to address the health care challenges our community faces."

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