HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) - The dean of the new medical school in South Texas says he will concentrate on producing doctors interested in remaining in the medically underserved region.
Dr. Francisco Fernandez spoke Wednesday in Harlingen about his goals for the School of Medicine at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.
Fernandez says attracting future doctors from the Valley will help increase the number of physicians in a region with some of the largest pockets of uninsured in the country. The school's residency program will be affiliated with area hospitals.
Fernandez also says the school will be a hub for experts in Hispanic health, which in the Valley would focus on high rates of obesity and diabetes in its predominantly Hispanic communities.
The school is expected to enroll its first class in fall 2016.
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