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Experiential Programs

Rio Grande Valley Regional Internship Program
PHOTO Regional Director
Regional Coordinators
Cities Encompassed by the Region
Interesting Facts about the Region
Types of Internship Experiences Available in the Region
Internship Facilities
Things to Consider When Choosing Where to Live
Base Campus/Where Studends will Gather for Meetings
Availability of Services on Affiliated Campus


Analiza Amaya-Diaz, Pharm.D.

PHOTOAnaliza Amaya-Diaz is the Regional Director for the UT-Rio Grande Valley Cooperative Pharmacy Program. She assumed that position in June 2001. She is currently the Clinical Director of Pharmacy at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Texas Southern University in 1992. She also received her Doctorate in Pharmacy in 1994 from Texas Southern University. Her Pharm.D. research project was "The evaluation of efficacy and nephrotoxicity associated with once daily dosing of aminoglycosides at a 550 bed county hospital." She completed an ambulatory residency at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, New York. Her research project during her residency was the "Evaluation of Prescribing Habits in the Elderly in an Outpatient Internal Medicine Residency Clinic." Her clinical interests are anticoagulation and diabetes. She is a native of the Rio Grande Valley and graduated from San Benito High School. She is married to Ron Diaz, an elementary school principal. She has one son, Noah.


Clinical Practice Coordinator:
Isidro Ramirez, Jr., Pharm.D., BCPS

PHOTODr. Ramirez is the Regional Clinical Coordinator for the Rio Grande Valley.  He has served in this capacity since 2009.  Dr. Ramirez is a 2003 Pharm.D. graduate of the University of Texas College of Pharmacy.  He currently serves as the Clinical Coordinator for Pharmacy Services at Rio Grande Regional Hospital (an HCA facility) in McAllen, Texas.  Dr. Ramirez has experience in various aspects of pharmacy practice including institutional/clinical pharmacy practice, clinical consulting, community pharmacy practice, and also served as a faculty member for the Cooperative Program in the Rio Grande Valley during the 2006 academic year.

Dr. Ramirez currently serves on the Clinical Pharmacy Advisory Board, and the Pediatric Concentration Standardization Committee for HCA.

Dr. Ramirez is board certified in pharmacotherapy. He is an active member of APhA, ASHP, TSHP and ACCP.

Dr. Ramirez bleeds orange and loves anything and everything related to Longhorn Football, and spends his Saturdays during the Fall Semester at DKR.

Advanced Community Practice Coordinator:
Daniel Hernandez, R.Ph.

PHOTODaniel Hernandez graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992 with a BS in Pharmacy. He is currently a Pharmacy Manager for Texas Oncology-Harlingen and a relief pharmacist for WalMart.  Mr. Hernandez is a Preceptor and the Community Coordinator for the University of Texas College of Pharmacy in the Rio Grande Valley Region. Mr. Hernandez serves on the Regional Advisory Council for University of Texas Rio Grande Valley / University of Texas College of Pharmacy Cooperative Program. Mr. Hernandez is a member of the Texas Pharmacy Association and Kappa Psi. Daniel was awarded the Wal-Mart Community Pharmacist of the Year Award for the Texas-Louisiana-Georgia Region in 1999 and then again in 2000. Daniel was awarded the 2000 University of Texas College of Pharmacy Alumni Association Arlyn Kloesel Outstanding Preceptor Award. Daniel lives in Harlingen, TX with his wife Clarissa, who is also a pharmacist, and his three sons Marcelo, Gabriel, and Diego . Daniel enjoys running, reading, and listening to jazz.

Advanced Hospital Practice Coordinator:
Gavino A. Garza, R.Ph.

PHOTO Gavino Garza is currently employed as the Director of Pharmacy for Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen. Gabby joined Rio Grande Regional Hospital in 1982 as an Assistant Director of Pharmacy and has directed the pharmacy through changes in pharmacy clinical services and pharmacy automation since 1987. Mr. Garza received a BS degree in Pharmacy from University of Houston. Before joining Rio Grande Regional Hospital, Gabby served as a staff pharmacist at McAllen Methodist Hospital. Gabby is a past president of the Rio Grande Valley Society of Hospital Pharmacists. Gabby and his wife Judy have been married 18 years and have four children, Karina, Gabriel, Brianna and Jacob. Gabby enjoys coaching little league baseball, hunting and golfing.


Most rotations are in Harlingen and/or McAllen; however, other cities include the following:


South Texas is ripe with interesting and unusual places to visit. Wherever you turn, whatever your interests, you're sure to find plenty to keep you occupied while you're here:

Population information for the Rio Grande Valley
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in mid-1997 Laredo's population was more than 183,200; Brownsville-Harlingen-San Benito was 320,800, and McAllen-Edinburg-Mission was nearly 511,000. Put in perspective, the South Texas population exceeds that of the Austin-San Marcos area. Laredo was the fastest-growing Texas metropolitan area from 1990 to 1997, recording a 37.5 percent increase (nearly 50,000 persons); McAllen-Edinburg-Mission was second with a 33.2 percent increase (almost 127,400); and Brownsville-Harlingen-San Benito was the fourth fastest growing area with an increase of 23.3 percent (nearly 60,700). The population is over 85% Hispanic. Health issues include Diabetes, Obesity, Emerging Infection Diseases, and Coronary Disease.
Little "tidbits": Forbes Magazine ranked McAllen the 9th fastest growing MSA in the U.S. in number of new jobs created with a 23% increase in job growth.
Edinburg has been awarded the All-American City honor three times, once in 1968, 1995, and again in 2000. Edinburg is "As good as it gets."
Harlingen is blessed with a warm climate and warm people. Its South Texas charm is influenced by the traditions of Mexico and a semi-tropical climate that invites year-round productivity and outdoor fun. The beautiful beaches of South Padre Island and romantic Mexico are just minutes away.


Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valley National Shrine
Brownsville Battlefields
Coastal Studies Lab
Confederate Air Force-Rio Grande Valley Wing
Gladys Porter Zoo
Port Isabel Lighthouse
Raymondville Historical and Community Center
Hidalgo Pump house Heritage and Discovery Center
Iwo Jima Memorial
Rio Grande City/Roma
La Lomita Mission
La Lomita Plaza
Los Ebanos Ferry
Los Caminos del Rio
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Shary-Shivers Estate
Stillman House
Tejano Walk of Fame

Cultural Activities

Historical Brownsville Museum
Old Clock Museum
Performing Arts
Rio Grande Valley Museum Complex
Hidalgo County Historical Museum
McAllen International Museum


Edinburg Roadrunners Baseball Team
Rio Grande Valley Whitewings Baseball Team
Schlitterbahn Beach Water Park
Super Splash

Links for additional information about individual cities

Harlingen: www.harlingen.com
Rio Grande Valley Partnerships www.rgvguide.com
Edinburg: www.edinburg.com
Rio Grande Valley Chamber of Commerce: www.valleychamber.com


Adult Medicine
Ambulatory Care
Critical Care Medicine
Academic Teaching Internship
Infectious Disease
Pharmacy Management
Family Practice
Infusion Services
Endocrine Clinics/Consults


The following is not a comprehensive listing of all training sites in the RGV region. With the addition of the Cooperative Pharmacy Program new rotation sites are anticipated, expanding rotation opportunities in the Valley.

Proscript Pharmacy
Valley Baptist Medical Center
Valley Oncology
Fry's Pharmacy
Rio Grande Regional Hospital
Ridgepoint Medical Pharmacy
Walgreen's Pharmacies
Wal-Mart Pharmacies
H.E.B. Pharmacies
Mission Hospital
South Texas Oncology
Knapp Medical Center

Mission Hospital

Rio Grande State Center
Valley Baptist Medical Home Infusion Therapy
Lee's Pharmacy

Lee's Pharmacy

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Coop Program
Walgreen's Pharmacies


Students will likely have rotations in both Harlingen and McAllen, and in other cities in the area. Driving time between the two aforementioned cities is 30-45 minutes, depending on traffic. Student meetings will take place on the UT Pan Am campus in Edinburg.


All group meetings, practical examinations and orientations are coordinated through the Cooperative Pharmacy Program at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley campus.


An overview of student services available to PharmD students on the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley campus may be found at the following locations: These services include, student health, library access to both libraries at UTPA and the RAHC facility as well as information about visitor and student parking regulations.


The RGV program offers a variety of sites and training opportunities for students. The multi-cultural diversity of sites and preceptors is clearly one of the strong points. Another point is the exposure that students are afforded to potential employers in an area where there has been a tremendous amount of growth in population.

Last Reviewed: September 1, 2015

College Information

Mailing Address:
College of Pharmacy
The University of Texas
at Austin
2409 University Ave.
Stop A1900
Austin, TX, USA

Email Address: pharmacy


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