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Episode Info: Episode Transcript RaudelGarza:                       Hi, my name is Raudel Garza. I am the manager and CEO for Harlingen Economic Development Corporation. I wanted to welcome you to the big opportunity. This is a podcast where Kayla and I talk about some of the things that are happening in Harlingen. Today we have a special guest, Sofia Hernandez, who is the Chief of Staff for UTRGV School of Medicine. SofiaHernandez:                Thanks for having me here. I look forward to our conversation. RaudelGarza:                       Kayla is fairly new to the Rio Grande valley and south Texas, and especially to Harlingen. Over the last few podcasts we've been talking about some of the things that are happening in Harlingen and some of the things that impact her job here at Harlingen Economic Development. We wanted to make sure we got her on what's happening with the UT School of Medicine and the school in general. Maybe you can give us a little update on what's going on. You have a new dean at the school? SofiaHernandez:                Yes, absolutely, so Kayla this is an exciting opportunity. I think, like a lot of other individuals that are moving to the valley because of different opportunities it's exciting to see new faces and talk about really what's happening across the valley. For the school of medicine we're heading into wrapping up our third year of operations, if you can believe that. A lot of exciting things, we do have a new dean, Dr. John Krause. He is fantastic. When you think about, since you joined this in July, a lot of things have happened that have really kind of propelled the school in terms of its vision and priorities across. Three of our mission priorities, if you will, are education, obviously is our primary mission, then we have clinical care, and research. A lot of exciting things happen, and I am looking forward to sharing that with you, and with you, and everybody else that's watching this. RaudelGarza:                       Harlingen has a history with the school of medicine, actually the school of medicine was an idea that for many years, the Rio Grande valley folks have been trying to get it down here. I remember about 22 years ago that there was a competition to try to bring in a school of medicine, or what they called back then, a regional academic health center. Harlingen won out, and posted, and basically, by providing the space for the development of the regional academic health center, this facility that brought in third and fourth year med students from UT health science center in San Antonio. Now, I guess it's a stand alone med school, right? SofiaHernandez:                Absolutely, so there's a lot of rich history that helped us get to today. I think I've herd some folks talk about how the school has been 70+ years in the making. Certainly, like you mentioned, 18+ years ago it started with th...
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