Lucio III, Eddie
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 08/24/2012
REP. LUCIO APPLAUDS UT SYSTEM BOARD OF REGENTS' PLAN TO BUILD SOUTH TEXAS MEDICAL SCHOOL
UT System Chancellor, Francisco Cigarroa announced plans to create an independent medical school on August 17, 2012.
The UT System Board of Regents approved the plan to establish and operate the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) in 1997 and gave it permission to become a 4-year institution in 2009. Just last week, the plan to transition the RAHC's Medical Education Division in Harlingen into a "free-standing comprehensive" university was approved.
"I applaud UT System's commitment to develop a medical school in deep South Texas. I am fully dedicated to working with all parties involved and I am excited about the end results that this will create for the South Texas' region." said Rep. Lucio.
It is currently estimated that 44% of the practicing Texas physicians graduated from a Texas medical school. The medical school will bring greater prospects to the Valley. By 2018, the independent medical school will have its first set of medical graduates who will increase the number of professionals in the Rio Grande Valley. The UTSC - South Texas would become an additional institution of the University of Texas System. It would offer degrees in medicine and other health-related programs.
"SB 98 has made it possible for the establishment of The University of Texas Health Science Center - South Texas." said Rep. Lucio. "With the support of our regional community, we will work hard to make the institution a reality."
The approval of this legislation allows for the Rio Grande Valley to work on the final steps toward expanding graduate education opportunities as well as ushering in economic growth and development that is sure to follow.