Regional Academic Health Center - Harlingen


Since its dedication ten years ago, over 1000 medical students have rotated through the RAHC for their third year of medical school, a clerkship rotation, or an elective course. These numbers are significant and highly relevant to the citizens of the Rio Grande Valley. The more exposure these students have to South Texas, the more likely they are to return to South Texas to practice medicine.

The need for healthcare providers in South Texas is great. While individual communities like Harlingen and McAllen may have an adequate number of physicians, there is a significant shortage of physicians in the overall four-county area of Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy counties. Each of them are designated by the U.S. government as being medically underserved to some extent.

In addition to medical clerkships and rotations, RAHC students are offered the opportunity to work on community projects in response to community-identified concerns and needs. They are able to learn about the community, build relationships, and at the same time, provide a service by volunteering their time in projects that are approved and supervised by faculty and physician mentors.

RAHC - Harlingen

 

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