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DHR Health

Family Medicine Residency Program

Welcome Statement

Welcome to the DHR Health Family Medicine Residency Program. Founded in 2023, our newly established program provides comprehensive, high-quality, family-centered care to all patients, every encounter. Our clinical and educational mission is to provide compassionate, team-based healthcare in a culturally attuned, cost-effective manner. Uniquely located at the US-Mexico border of South Texas, we service a diverse community and patient population, rich in culture and socioeconomic backgrounds, meeting the educational mission and needs of our program.

At DHR Heath, our mission is to improve the well-being of those we serve with a commitment to excellence. Our health system reaches across two counties, with the Edinburg campus as the epicenter with a level-1 trauma center and level-4 women’s hospital. Our training sites focus on caring for underserved border populations, but our residents are prepared to be successful in a variety of practice settings. Through the incorporation of team-based, integrated healthcare and education, our residents rotate through an array of inpatient and outpatient experiences at DHR Health. We also collaborate with non-profit and community-based organizations to provide a robust clinical and service environment, teaching residents to provide exceptional quality care to all patients. Our diverse faculty are committed to modeling the foundational elements of family medicine: patient-centered, community-oriented and evidence-based primary care.

Resident wellness and success are at the heart of our program. We offer a robust family medicine curriculum that is uniquely tailored to meet the educational plans and career objectives for each resident. Career paths include academic medicine, global health, hospital medicine, obesity medicine, sports medicine, integrated behavioral health, geriatrics, palliative care and more. We host regular wellness didactics and social events to ensure dedicated time and space for the wellbeing of our residents and faculty.

Thank you again for your interest. I invite you to read more about our program below.

Best wishes,

Naomi D’Acolatse, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Program Director, Family Medicine Residency Program


Mission and Program Aims

The DHR Health Family Medicine Program’s mission is to educate and develop competent, compassionate physician leaders who provide high-quality, evidenced based, culturally attuned care to all patients, every encounter. Located on the US-Mexico border, our training program provides a unique opportunity to deliver comprehensive, patient centered care while advancing healthcare disparities and improving access to care. We foster a warm and friendly, service oriented environment where our residents thrive as they become primary care clinician leaders, scholars, advocates and lifelong learners.

Program Aims

Aim 1: Develop and graduate competent, board certified Family Medicine Physicians who are well-trained, empathetic, and caring clinicians.
Aim 2. Increase and enhance the primary care workforce among medically underserved border communities in the Rio Grande Valley by providing high-quality, culturally and linguistically attuned medical care to meet the needs of diverse patient populations.
Aim 3: Recruit and develop a faculty and resident cohort who are dedicated to serving the underserved with passion and excellence and are committed to lifelong teaching and learning.
Aim 4: Foster an educational environment that promotes innovative scholarly activity that incorporates evidence-based medicine, emphasizes quality improvement, health promotion and disease prevention.
Aim 5: Train family physicians to become healthcare leaders, public servants and advocates for equitable healthcare regardless of race, gender, and socioeconomic status.
Aim 6: Provide an innovative and real-world practice environment that trains residents to effectively provide integrated interprofessional healthcare.


Application and Interview Process

The Family Medicine Residency Program at DHR Health accepts applications through the internet-based ERAS program. The same application process applies to all Residency Programs.

Documentation submitted through ERAS must include:
  • Completed Application Form
  • Recent Photograph
  • CV and Personal Statement
  • Dean's Letter
  • Transcript
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Results of USMLE/COMLEX examinations, Steps 1 and 2
Criteria for all medical school graduates:
  • Passing of USMLE/COMLEX examinations.
  • Graduation from medical school within the last 5 years.


Contact Us

Lily Granados

Program Coordinator
1000 E Dove Ave. Ste. 201
McAllen, TX 78504



  • Naomi J. D Acolatse, MD, MPH, FAAFP - Program Director / Family Medicine
  • Jose Lopez, MD - Core Faculty / Family Medicine / Inpatient
  • Ana Almeda, MD, FAAP, FCCM, CHCQM - Core Faculty / Pediatrics / Pediatric Critical Care
  • Jennifer Saenz MD - Core Faculty / Pediatrics / Outpatient
  • Sujan Gogu DO, FAAFP - Core Faculty / Family Medicine / Sports Medicine / Pain Medicine


Our Curriculum

Learn more regarding our Family Medicine Residency Program below.


Benefits and Stipend


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

DHR Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion. We know that diverse and inclusive teams have a positive impact, by generating varied perspectives and in turn better ideas to solve complex problems. We are committed to building a team with a variety of backgrounds, skills and views, by ensuring fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all residents, faculty, and staff. We strive to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups, due to race, ethnicity, language, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socioeconomic status, physical or mental disability, and others.

We appreciate the unique abilities and perspectives of our diverse workforce and community. By creating an environment where faculty, physicians, residents, fellows, and staff can be their true selves at work without fear of judgment, we aim to foster creativity, raise productivity, and improve organizational performance. We believe that all our faculty, physicians, residents/fellows, and staff play the critical role in the overall success of the organization and the vision we have for our community. We create a sense of belonging at the workplace, where employees are appreciated for their unique contributions, recognized for their accomplishments, supported in their career goals, and have a sense of connection to how they are positively impacting their community.

Through community partnerships, we generate transformation within our institution as a means of advocating for better care for our patients, creating a more diverse physician workforce, and serving our community. We strive to promote social justice by advocating for equitable health care, without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, social status, or ability to pay. We are committed to an organizational culture that will connect our residents and fellows to the organization; encourage collaboration, flexibility and fairness; and leverage diversity throughout the organization, so that all residents and fellows will be able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

DHR Health recruits resident/fellow applicants underrepresented in medicine (UIM) for advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The DHR Health GME Diversity Committee is included in all planning phases of faculty and resident/fellow recruitment, selection, and retention and includes hospital leaders, GME representatives, and residents/fellows.

Resident Life

Our Commitment to Wellness

  • Counseling services provided to residents and faculty are available Monday-Friday from 8am - 8pm and on weekends from 9am - 6pm. Call 956-362-2732 to set up an appointment.

Our Community

The Rio Grande Valley is a region in deep South Texas, beautifully rich in culture.

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