10,000 apply for UTRGV med school; 50 new accepted

EDINBURG — After reviewing 10,000 applications and accepting $4.2 million in new grants, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is getting ready to welcome the inaugural student cohort at its School of Medicine.

Out of the more than 10,000 hopefuls and more than 1,200 interviewees, the university could only accept 50 new medical school students and 111 undergraduate and graduate residency students to be part of the School of Medicine, which will officially open its doors in the fall.

Students selected have been notified and have until June 27, the first day of orientation, to respond.

University officials are also celebrating a recent $4.2 million grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board that will be used to support and grow the school’s residency programs.

“It will help sustain residency programs that are already in effect and create new ones,” said Betty Monfort, senior assistant dean for admissions and enrollment management at UTRGV. “If we want to keep these graduates in the Valley, if we don’t have places for them to do residencies, they are going to go somewhere else, and usually where you do your residency is more or less where you stay.”

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