University of Texas System regents recently voted to allocate $30 million to the underserved Rio Grand Valley for science and medical education.

The funds will be used to build a simulation teaching hospital and recruit teaching and research faculty in science, technology, engineering and math. Additional funds will be used for biomedical research programs and the  installation of UTeach programs at UT-Pan American and UT Brownsville.

With just a little over 100 doctors per 100,000 residents, the plans to revamp the Regional Academic Heath Center into a comprehensive medical system will provide much relief to a growing region that is severely underseved.

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Photo Courtesy: SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, TOM REEL / © 2011 San Antonio Express-News
Pictured: Dr. Patricia Wathen instructs third year medical students Jessica Reed and Edward Shipper in a simulated trauma case at the UT Health Science Center.