DHR: Adding 47 new physician residents shows our commitment to excellence in patient care

Arrival of new physician residents is part of the inaugural class of DHR’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs.

EDINBURG, Texas – According to its website, the mission statement of DHR Health is to “improve the well-being of those we serve with a commitment to excellence: every patient, every encounter, every time.”

The health system believes the chances of achieving that goal have improved with the addition of 47 new physician residents.

Their arrival is part of the inaugural class of DHR’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs.

“Since DHR Health’s inception, our mission has been to provide South Texas with exceptional healthcare—and the way to do that is to hire and train exceptional physicians,” said Dr. Carlos J. Cardenas, DHR Health chairman of the board. “Our new residents will play a pivotal role in further enhancing the quality and scope of medical services offered by DHR Health. We proudly welcome them.”

Cardenas pointed out that DHR Health is an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited sponsoring institution. 

He said the residents are recent graduates of medical schools from across the nation and in some cases from around the world. He said they will continue their medical training in various specialties as physicians under supervised practice before they graduate and acquire unrestricted medical licenses.  

The GME program kicked off for the residents the week of June 19 with a new employee orientation held at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. 

Dr. Manish Singh, DHR Health’s chief executive officer, said the new physicians represent DHR Health’s commitment to excellence in patient care, medical education, and the advancement of healthcare services in the region.

“We are thrilled to welcome our inaugural class of medical physician residents to DHR Health. Our residents will benefit from our state-of-the-art facilities, advanced technology, and a diverse patient population, which will expose them to a wide range of medical conditions and treatment modalities,” Singh said.

Singh said that as part of the GME program, residents will work under the mentorship of DHR Health physicians from a number of medical specialties and subspecialties, including: Internal Medicine; General Surgery; Urology; Diagnostic Radiology; Family Medicine; and Emergency Medicine.

The residents themselves come from across the globe and represent a wide range of backgrounds. 

Dr. Rafael Cardenas Castillo, an Internal Medicine resident from Venezuela, is new to the Rio Grande Valley and looking forward to making it his home. “Already, the Valley looks like a great place to start a family,” said Castillo. “It is very family-oriented, and everyone is very welcoming, from the management and staff at DHR Health to the people we meet in the community.”

Other residents, like Dr. Alexis Garza, a Urology resident, is a Valley native and happy to give back to the community where he grew up. “DHR Health has helped me and my family since I was little, and I always wanted to be a doctor since I was small. As a new physician, my goal is to help bolster the medical infrastructure for the Valley. I am happy to be at DHR Health, as they are the leading institution offering of a variety of medical specialties.”

Dr. Luis Pantoja, an Emergency Medicine resident, is originally from Peru but came to the Valley for high school.  “I am glad to be a resident with DHR Health,” he said. “It’s important to stay humble and always remember where you came from. My advice to young kids who want to go medical school is to stay humble, work hard, and persevere—always believe in yourself.”

Dr. Cardenas said DHR Health is currently accepting applications for next year’s residents this Fall through the Electronic Residency Application Service.

He said aspiring physicians who are passionate about advancing their medical education in a dynamic and supportive environment, and who would like more information about the GME program and the application process, are encouraged to contact 956-362-3558.

About DHR Health

DHR Health was the first Level 1 Trauma Center in the Rio Grande Valley, providing 24/7 emergency care at the highest level with specialty physicians and surgeons available every day of the year. The hospital was founded in 1997 to help over 1.5 million residents resolve limited health care access challenges in a community that lacked public and county hospitals. Today, it is a modern, 580+ bed full-service health system that serves over 300,000 patients annually, with more than 6,000 employees, and offers a full-continuum of care in over 70 different specialties and subspecialties. DHR Health serves the entire region with their hub in Edinburg, and clinics in Starr County, and a new hospital in Brownsville, as well as a robust clinical research division. Their women’s hospital is certified as providing the highest level of maternal care in South Texas and is home to the only transplant program in the region. DHR Health has revolutionized the health care landscape of the Rio Grande Valley and continues to raise the standard of care and transform the health care delivery model for the benefit of all local residents. To learn more, visit www.dhrhealth.com.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows Dr. Vianis Bravo Vielma, a DHR Health physician resident, listening to a patient’s heartbeat during a regular medical visit.

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