Meet Kevin Rivera
TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine
Class of 2023
Who I am
I was born in Puerto Rico. But I have lived throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the past 12 years so I feel like an adopted Texan. While at the University of North Texas, I played for the Green Brigade marching band. After graduating, I came to UNTHSC for my Master’s in Medical Sciences. Throughout my journey, I got a glimpse into the strengths and areas of improvement in medicine. This has inspired me to see where I could make a difference in my local community.
Why I want to be a physician
I want to give back by serving those who are underserved, particularly the Hispanic community. While at UNT, I served as a Spanish translator at a local health clinic, where I found my passion in serving those who have a language barrier to high quality health care. As a physician, I will be able to fill that gap, so those patients get the health care and advocacy they deserve.
What I love about UNTHSC
I love the culture. I feel as though I can talk to anyone from students or staff all the way to the dean and not feel intimidated. There is a culture created by all students, faculty and staff of inclusiveness and closeness to a degree I feel is rare at academic institutions.
About the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine
TCU and UNTHSC joined together in July 2015 to form this new M.D. school, which welcomed its inaugural class of 60 students in July 2019. The TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine’s focus on communication, a first-of-its-kind curriculum and the development of Empathetic ScholarsTM uniquely positions the organization to transform medical education, improving care for future generations.
What you should know
- Student-centered education: Student success is at the heart of the school’s design with a radically different curriculum with no lectures, flipped classrooms and active learning.
- Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship: Students will see clinical patients in the first weeks of school and throughout all four years. This allows students to develop relationships with physician mentors as well as their patients.
- The Compassionate PracticeTM: Students are taught communication skills throughout all four years. This interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to build skills in awareness, listening, inquiry and engagement to foster exceptional connections between physicians and their patients.
- Life-long Learning: Students will utilize the latest technology including virtual reality, artificial intelligence, biomedical informatics and more to prepare them for the future.
About UNT Health Science Center
Located in Fort Worth’s beautiful Cultural District, UNTHSC is a graduate university for more than 2,000 students in medicine, science and public health. It has six schools that educate and train providers of the future to become doctors, public health experts, biomedical scientists, pharmacists, physical therapists and physician assistants.
Working in health care teams and training in a strong culture built on shared values, UNTHSC team members are dedicated to transforming lives in order to improve the lives of others.