The University of Texas System Board of Regents will meet Thursday in Austin to discuss recommendations to establish a Doctor of Medicine degree program at the future University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
The meeting’s agenda states, “The new doctoral degree program in medicine at the (UTRGV) campus will educate physicians to be skilled clinicians, biomedical scientists, educators and professional leaders and innovators in the ongoing transformation of the health care system regionally and throughout Texas, as well as nationally and internationally.”
The regents will discuss the recommendations in open session at about 12:15 p.m. Thursday to submit the proposal to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for review and appropriate action.
“If the board approves the proposal for the medical program ... then our office will submit the proposal to the coordinating board immediately, within a day or two,” said Kevin Lemoine, UT System assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.
The proposal will include three broad sections for the board to evaluate: the need or unmet need for physicians in the state, indication of the quality of the resources that would be available and cost of the medical program.
The regents also will vote on possible implementation of freshman, transfer and graduate admissions criteria for UTRGV students.
As per the agenda, new incoming freshman who graduate high school in the top 10 percent of their classes would receive automatic admission. Other students who are first-time freshman would receive a holistic review of combined factors such as class rank, prior college hours, test scores, rigor of high school course work, leadership experience, community involvement and stated goals.
Transfer students with an associate’s degree would receive automatic admission. Transfer students who have not obtained an associates degree must have earned at least 24 semester hours at their previous institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
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