Ground breaking for building to support UTRGV medical education will be held Tuesday
POSTED: Friday, August 22, 2014 - 4:47pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 22, 2014 - 4:48pm
Rio Grande Valley, TX — Medical, academic and community leaders from The University of Texas System and across South Texas will gather at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new UT Rio Grande Valley Medical Academic Building.
The groundbreaking ceremony will be held in the Music Building on the UT Pan American campus at 1201 West University Drive in Edinburg.
The event will include remarks from Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, M.D.; Francisco Gonzáles-Scarano, M.D., dean of the UT School of Medicine in San Antonio; Guy Bailey, founding president of UT Rio Grande Valley; Francisco Fernandez, M.D., founding dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine; and Gene Powell, vice chairman of the UT System Board of Regents
Chancellor Cigarroa and leaders from Hidalgo County and the cities of Edinburg, McAllen, Mission and Pharr also will sign a Memorandum of Understanding that reflects support of the local governments for the medical school. Kenneth Shine, M.D., special advisor to the chancellor, and Judge Ramon Garcia of Hidalgo County will speak briefly on the significance of the agreement.
Occupying more than 88,000 square feet, the new building will be dedicated to teaching facilities that promote faculty and student interaction at the earliest stages of medical school. The building will include an auditorium, digital library, clinical skills center, preclinical laboratories and an anatomy teaching facility. Multiple small classrooms, seminar rooms and other features will offer opportunities for small group problem solving and inter-professional educational experiences.
Construction is scheduled to be complete in time to matriculate the first medical school class in the fall of 2016.