UT Votes to Build Medical School in the Valley

Friday, Aug 26, 2011  |  Updated 9:55 AM CDT
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UT Votes to Build Medical School in the Valley

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The University of Texas System regents have voted to make a $30 million investment in science and health education in South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley, a move that lays the groundwork for a future medical school in the area.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that the regents voted on the issue Thursday.

The UT system will spend $10 million to build a simulation teaching hospital in the Harlingen and $9.5 million will be spent to recruit teaching and research faculty at institutions throughout South Texas.

Also included is $4 million for UT-Pan American in Edinburg and UT-Brownsville to start a program that turns out qualified science and math teachers for K-12 schools.

The Rio Grande Valley has a chronic shortage of health care professionals.

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