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South Texas medical school dean visits region

February 26, 2014
Associated Press

HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) — The dean of the new School of Medicine at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley says he wants the institution to be a hub for experts in Hispanic health.

Dr. Francisco Fernandez appeared Wednesday at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen.

Fernandez says attracting future doctors from the Rio Grande Valley will help increase the number of physicians in the medically underserved area. He says the school will concentrate on educating doctors who want to serve such communities.

The school's residency program will be affiliated with area hospitals.

Fernandez is a professor and chairman of psychiatry and neurosciences at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa. He was named last month to lead the medical school at the newly formed UT-Rio Grande Valley.



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