Dr. Eric Petersen Named New Director of the McAllen Family Medicine Residency Program

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From L-R: Dr. Eric Petersen the newly named McAllen Family Medicine Residency Program Director with Jason Chang Chief Executive Officer for McAllen Heart Hospital. Photo taken during a reception at the McAllen Country Club. Photo Sal Hinojosa
From L-R: Dr. Eric Petersen the newly named McAllen Family Medicine Residency Program Director with Jason Chang Chief Executive Officer for McAllen Heart Hospital. Photo taken during a reception at the McAllen Country Club. Photo Sal Hinojosa

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McALLEN, TX – McAllen Medical Center, Valley Care Clinics, and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio’s Department of Family and Community Medicine proudly announce Dr. Eric Petersen as the McAllen Family Medicine Residency Program Director.   He will oversee the physician faculty and residents located at the 205 E. Toronto Avenue in McAllen.

The program has a 37-year tradition of serving the community and has trained nearly 200 family physicians and cared for thousands of patients in the Rio Grande Valley. Residency is part of a physician’s training where they care for patients under the supervision of board-certified physicians with increasing independence over the three-year program.

Dr. Petersen is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed his residency in Family Medicine in Spokane, Washington.

Dr. Petersen was a faculty member at Texas Tech’s Family Medicine Residency in Odessa where he served as the Associate Program Director for two years and was recognized for his commitment to teaching residents evidence-based medicine in the hospital, clinic, and classroom.

“I am excited to join the McAllen Family Medicine Residency Program with its rich tradition of service in this community and strong partnership with McAllen Medical Center and Valley Care Clinics,” Petersen said. “I look forward to working with this dedicated team of physicians and staff as we adapt our processes and curriculum to improve the quality of patient care and educational experiences our program delivers, consistent with the new accreditation standards for medical education.”

In October 2013, McAllen Medical Center, Valley Care Clinics and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio announced an affiliation to operate the residency program. Through the affiliation, McAllen Medical Center serves as a teaching hospital and assumed the operation of the outpatient clinic.

At the same time, residents enrolled in the McAllen Family Medicine Residency Program became employees of Valley Care Clinics. Faculty members that oversee the program remained employees of UT Health Science Center. The affiliation helps minimize fragmentation of care, strengthens the graduate medical education training and clinically based research activities and offers high quality healthcare to patients from all over the Valley. MDN