POSTED: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 5:11pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 9:36am
HARLINGEN, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Founding dean of the new UT-Rio Grande Valley, Dr. Francisco Fernandez, met with officials from various Rio Grande Valley communities to discuss his dreams for the new university, set to open in 2015.
Fernandez spoke about the importance of having a medical school in the Valley where students can stay close to home and patients won't have to travel far for treatment.
"This has been going since the '40s really, trying to get this school here," said Dr. Fernandez. "And we now have to make sure that not only do we have to get the right people here, but that we give them the right resources so that we make that dream of those people, like Dr. Cigarolla's dad, come true."
Fernandez has a long list of credentials in the medical field and expects that there will be around 50 students in the first med class.