DHR Health

Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Welcome Statement

Welcome to the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, Texas. This new program is the first Emergency Medicine residency in South Texas, serving more than 1 million residents along the border of the U.S and Mexico. Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance is the premier tertiary care referral center in the Rio Grande Valley, therefore we have a high acuity patient population with a wide range of medical and surgical pathology that will serve as a strong foundation for your training. DHR Health is a level 1 trauma center, a comprehensive stroke center, accredited chest pain center, and has a maternal level 4 designation. In addition, the Emergency Department at DHR Health is the largest ER in south Texas, with 55 licensed beds, and a dedicated trauma resuscitation unit within the Emergency Department. We see a high volume of patients in our Emergency Department and there will be ample opportunity for you to learn at the bedside and build your skills as an Emergency Physician that can work in any environment.

The DHR Health Emergency Medicine Program provides a strong clinical foundation that will expose you to multiple research opportunities through the DHR Research Institute. We have dedicated faculty that will serve as mentors to prepare you for a successful career as an Emergency Physician. Our goal is to train passionate, knowledgeable, and superior clinicians that will practice evidence-based medicine, be strong patient advocates, and improve the standard of emergency care in the region. We are excited to have you join us in our mission to provide exceptional patient care and advance emergency care in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Mission and Program Aims

DHR Health Emergency Medicine Residency Program is committed to training exceptional physicians who provide high-quality, evidence-based, acute care to those most in need. We train residents to incorporate cutting-edge technology and innovation while emphasizing clinical and procedural excellence in patient care. Our border community provides a clinical learning environment that is rich in acuity, pathology, procedural experience and cultural diversity. As both a safety-net hospital and Level I Trauma Center, we are committed to providing emergency access to all citizens of the Rio Grande Valley regardless of their ability to pay. We pride ourselves on delivering culturally competent and compassionate care to our entire patient population.

Program Aims

  1. Develop and graduate competent emergency medicine physicians that are well-trained, empathetic, caring clinicians that can effectively and independently practice
  2. Emergency Medicine in any clinical environment. Train physicians as excellent clinicians, leaders, and advocates for patients, families, and the community they serve. To prepare residents to advocate for patients and families, including those with social or economic disparities, and to empathize with patients to provide optimal and culturally competent care.
  3. Develop an innovative training program that cultivates residents, utilizing progressive responsibility under appropriate supervision leading to graduated autonomy and mentorship. To educate residents to work in a high-acuity environment and enable residents to develop excellence in procedural competence.
  4. Cultivate leadership skills to assume this role within a multi-disciplinary healthcare team and treat all patients, colleagues, and other healthcare team members with dignity, compassion, and respect.
  5. Implement time efficiency, practice management strategies, and resiliency to maximize personal well-being.

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Application and Interview Process

The Graduate Medical Education 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 on the first attempt.
  • Graduation from medical school within the last 5 years.


Contact Us


Carmen Barrera

Graduate Medical Education Program Liaison

2821 Michael Angelo, Suite 301

Edinburg, TX 78539

(956) 362-3558

[email protected]

EM faculty


  • Paul Dominici, MD - Program Director
  • Olabiyi Akala, MD - Associate Program Director
  • Andrew Phillips, MD Med - Core Faculty
  • Roberto Munoz, MD - Core Faculty
  • David Loyola, MD - Core Faculty
  • James Falcon, MD - Core Faculty
  • Richard Barrera, MD - Core Faculty

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Our Curriculum

Learn more regarding our Emergency Medicine Residency Program below.



Benefits and Stipend

Benefits table (1)

Vacation and Sick Leave – ALL Residents receive fifteen (15) days of paid vacation and twelve (12) days of sick leave per year. Vacation and sick days do not carry over from year to year.

All residents are eligible for up to twelve (12) weeks of leave for birth or adoption of a child, personal illness, or that of a qualified family member. In accordance with the ACGME Institutional Requirements (IV.H.1.a) the first 6 weeks of the first approved leave will be paid at 100% of their salary and will ensure the continuation of health and disability insurance benefits for residents/fellows and their eligible dependents during any approved medical, parental or caregiver leave(s) of absence. Residents will be provided with a minimum of one week of paid time off reserved for use outside of the first six weeks of the first approved medical, parental, or caregiver leave(s) of absence taken.

Orientation Stipends: Incoming residents will receive $150 per day for estimated 10 days before July 1st for orientation.

Educational / Travel Allowance: In addition to basic salary, each resident is entitled to reimbursement for items that support and advance their education and training, including travel when presenting at a conference or meeting. All reimbursements must be approved by the Program Director and DIO.

PGY1 residents receive a $1,000 allowance for approved expenses.

PGY2 to PGY6 residents receive a $2,000 allowance per year for approved expenses.

Examples of Approved Items

  • Medical Textbooks (paper or electronic)
  • Journal Subscriptions (paper or electronic)
  • Conference Registration
  • Question Banks
  • Medical apps (individual use only)
  • Medical Society Memberships outside of House Staff Benefits
  • Board Prep Materials
  • Travel Expenses

Examples of NON-Approved Items

  • Reimbursement of full licensure
  • Step 3 exam fees
  • Device or Equipment
  • Operating Systems

USMLE Step 3: Each resident is eligible for reimbursement for their USLME Step 3 exam if taken and passed in their PGY-1 year or first year of residency at Company.

Texas Physician-in-Training Permit (PIT): Incoming residents will be reimbursed for their PIT License application fee.

Lab Coats and Scrubs: Residents/Fellows are issued two lab coats and two sets of scrubs during their first year of training unless otherwise specified by the training program. One additional lab coat and one set of scrubs will be given to each resident at the beginning of the second year unless otherwise specified by the training program.

Professional Membership Dues: Membership Dues for all residents in the Texas Medical Association and Hidalgo/Cameron County Medical Society are provided. Additional membership may be specified by your training program.

Certification: Residents will receive reimbursement for required certifications, such as BLS, ACS, and ATLS.

Additional Resident Benefits Include:

Medical Insurance and Prescription Drug Coverage: Company offers each resident medical insurance coverage. Residents have the option to add their spouse and/or children. Residents will be responsible for deductibles and co-pays.

Dental and Vision Insurance: Dental and vision insurance is available for both residents and their families. This is an optional coverage and each resident is responsible for the cost.

Health Care and Dependent Care FSA: Residents may enroll in the flexible spending accounts (FSAs). FSAs allow you to set money aside from your earnings before taxes are withheld to put into an account used to pay out-of-pocket health care expenses with the Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA) or qualifying dependent daycare expenses.

Basic Group Term Life (GTL): Residents are provided Basic GTL in the amount of 1x their salary at no cost and without Evidence of Insurability (EOI). Additional Voluntary GTL insurance is available with or without Basic GTL.

Disability Insurance: Residents are offered long-term disability insurance at no cost. Short-term disability can be purchased as an optional insurance.

Professional Liability Insurance: Residents are covered under the Company professional liability policy at no cost.

Voluntary Accidental Death and Dismemberment: Basic accidental death and dismemberment insurance (AD&D) is part of the Company’s benefit package at no cost. Residents may choose to enroll themselves and eligible dependents in optional Voluntary AD&D Insurance.

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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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