About the SOM

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine offers an innovative learning experience designed to instill students with scientific, clinical, and research expertise while fostering their professional development in alignment with the highest professional and ethical standards.

The talents and dedication of our faculty, residents, staff, and students enable the UTRGV SOM to excel in implementing its four missions of education, research, clinical care, and community outreach. The collective range of skills required to be effective is remarkably broad, and includes modern educational methods in the classroom and clinic, online research skills, research infrastructure, clinical expertise, clinical management, and community relations. Our goal is to attract a group of diverse students, faculty, and staff from the RGV, the state, and the country.

Characterized by an integrated foundational science and clinical medicine curriculum, the UTRGV School of Medicine utilizes advanced technological resources- including a 15,000 ft. state of the art Simulation Hospital and one of the largest collections of anatomical plastinates in the United States- to optimize the health outcomes of the Rio Grande Valley. Our goal is to prepare our graduates to be competent and compassionate physicians who are patient advocates, community-focused, culturally aware, collaborative leaders, problem solvers, and life-long learners.



To transform the health of the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.


We will transform the health of the Rio Grande Valley and beyond by providing advanced academic medicine through these five pillars:

  • Innovative Education
  • Life-Changing Research and Discoveries
  • High Quality Patient-Centered Care
  • Serving our Community
  • Sustainability and a Culture of Entrepreneurship