Rio Grande Valley GME Program


Welcome Letter from the Program Director

Dear Residency Candidate:

Welcome to the UTHSCSA (UTRGV - Doctors Hospital at Renaissance) Internal Medicine Residency!

We are dedicated to providing you with a world-class residency education in a setting that is friendly, warm and supportive. Affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is dedicated to training excellent physicians who will go on to achieve success and become leaders in a variety of careers within general internal medicine and its subspecialties. Let me share with you some of the unique aspects of Doctors Hospital at Renaissance and our residency program.

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is ideally situated in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, in an area rich with cultural and recreational activities for adults and children of all ages. This setting allows us to attract top-notch faculty trained at some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world. Our faculty is dedicated to the mission of teaching residents and medical students evidence-based, patient-centered care. We strongly believe that teaching the "doctors of tomorrow" is a special calling that must be approached with caring and dedication.

We provide all residents with individualized training and mentoring so that they can pursue their highest aspirations as physicians, whether in primary care, in hospital medicine, or through additional training in fellowship programs. In addition to an extraordinary faculty, we offer our residents outstanding educational experiences within each of the three major areas of residency training. In addition to our full-time faculty medical inpatient teaching rotation, our Hospitalist Clinician Educator Program has been developed as an adjunct innovative model for integrating hospitalists and residents in a way that dramatically improves both inpatient care and residents' educational outcomes. In our Critical Care units, residents are exposed to cutting-edge medicine, and participate in multiple clinically-relevant quality improvement projects. Finally, our Ambulatory Care rotations take place primarily in a free-standing, community-based health center created as a site which integrates resident education with care for the medically underserved. Care for adult medicine patients at the health center is provided almost exclusively by resident physicians closely supervised by dedicated attending faculty.

These core rotations are supplemented by an extensive choice of elective opportunities at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. At the Internal Medicine Center, residents participate in regular sessions on the patient-doctor relationship, clinical examination skills and evidence-based medicine. At the hospital, training in simulation, a monthly interactive Morbidity & Mortality conference, and communication skills workshops enhance curricular learning.

Strong research opportunities supplement our residents' educational experience. All trainees are encouraged to pursue scholarly activity, and faculty members involved in research are eager for resident participation. Residents and faculty at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance regularly present at regional and national academic meetings. In addition, we have consistently been active in publishing articles and chapters in medical journals and textbooks. There are also numerous opportunities to become involved in research projects at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Finally, as a program, we feel strongly connected to the community we serve. Our residents reach out in many ways to serve beyond the walls of the hospital. They serve as leaders who provide "ask the doctor" counseling at health fairs and community health education at talks throughout the city.

Thank you for taking the time to look at the UTHSCSA (UTRGV - Doctors Hospital at Renaissance) Internal Medicine Residency Program. Our program trains residents to provide care they would want their families to have: compassionate, comprehensive, high quality and cutting edge. We feel that we offer a superb training experience and hope that you will consider us as the way to foster your love, passion and excitement for internal medicine.

Amer Malas, MD, FACP
Founding Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Associate Professor of Medicine