Major Teaching Hospital Sites
Regional Academic Health Center –
Third Year Medical Student Rotation
Dr. David Moron
Each year 20 medical students (MS3’s) volunteer to go to the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) in Harlingen, TX for their clinical rotations. Students have four 6-week rotations where they learn psychiatry, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and family and community medicine and two 12-week rotations where they learn surgery and internal medicine. The RAHC has been a permanent medical student training site for psychiatry since 2002. Seven students since 2002 have chosen to pursue careers in psychiatry.
The primary psychiatry teaching sites at the RAHC are:
- Rio Grande State Center (RGSC)
- Tropical Texas Behavioral Health (TTBH)
- Valley Baptist Health System (VBHS)
- South Texas Behavioral Health Center (STBHC)
Dr. Daniel Villarreal
Dr. J. Don Weathers
Students who elect to spend their entire MS3 year at the RAHC are supervised by Dr.’s David Moron and J. Don Weathers at RGSC where they learn the management of acutely ill patients with mental illness requiring hospitalization. Students also rotate through Valley Baptist Medical Center where they learn consultation psychiatry under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Villarreal and spend 2 days per week at Tropical Texas Behavioral Health where they learn outpatient child psychiatry under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Gutierrez. This combination of inpatient psychiatry, consultation psychiatry, and child psychiatry is the most diverse psychiatry training experience offered to medical students at UTHSCSA.
Dr. Cesar Matos
Beginning in February 2008, our department partnered with South Texas Behavioral Health Center to develop a new independent training site in Edinburg, TX. STBHC is a 130 bed free standing psychiatry hospital with separated adult, child, adolescent, and geriatric units. Dr. Cesar Matos supervises medical students from San Antonio who elect to go to this site for their 6-week psychiatry experience. With this recent addition, our clerkship now has training sites in Harlingen, Brownsville, and Edinburg/McAllen which helps fulfill the mission of the RAHC to serve all residents in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
The UTHSCSA Department of Psychiatry is fortunate to have established so many collaborative partnerships with the volunteer clinical faculty that teach our medical students and with the institutions within which they rotate. We look forward to further expanding our teaching capabilities at the RAHC with the ultimate goal of giving each graduate a skill set for managing patients with mental illnesses, recruiting more graduates into psychiatry, and retaining physicians in South Texas.