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RAHC grand opening opens the doors to medical education
The future of South Texas will forever change on June 28, when the medical component of the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) opens its doors in Harlingen. More than a thousand people, including local and state dignitaries, are expected to attend the grand opening ceremony. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. and pays tribute to the students, residents and faculty who will pioneer the Health Science Centers latest effort to bring health care to the entire region.
"This facility demonstrates the Health Science Center has a permanent, concrete presence in the Rio Grande Valley. We now have a place where students can train, particularly those from this area," said Leonel Vela, M.D., regional dean, the RAHC. "This represents a new future, a brighter future, for education in the Rio Grande Valley and it represents a solid partnership between the Health Science Center and the Valley."
Twenty-four third-year medical students begin class on July 1. After the first year, a total of 24 third-year and 24 fourth-year students will complete their medical education at the Harlingen facility. Eight residents also will begin rotations through the RAHC in July. The facility will partner with the City of Harlingen, Valley Baptist Medical Center, Su Clínica Familiar, the Development Corporation of Harlingen, Inc. and the Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Health Science Center hopes to break ground on the medical research division of the RAHC this fall. That facility will be housed in Edinburg.