The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine welcomed its newest 50 students this week at its first day of orientation.
The three-week orientation introduces students to all aspects of student life, including academics, wellness and community outreach.
In addition to receiving previews on the classes they will take, students will also have the option to learn about opportunities in research and promotora training. They also can take part in wellness activities including yoga and meditation.
This cohort includes 16 students from the Rio Grande Valley – 11 from Hidalgo County, three from Cameron County and two from Starr County.
The class of 27 males and 23 females is diverse, with ages ranging from 21 to 41 and a population of 48 percent Hispanic, 24 percent white, 14 percent African American and 12 percent Asian/Indian.
Orientation culminates with the White Coat Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 22, at the Texas Southmost College Arts Center in Brownsville.