Blue Ridge Healthcare Family Medicine Residency Personal Statement

Welcome from our Program Director

Dear Residency Candidate:


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Family Medicine Residency, founded in 2014, focuses on comprehensive, family-oriented care for an underserved population. The residency program is designed to emphasize the Family Medicine continuity setting to care for populations in varying systems. We provide team-based, collaborative, integrated (inter-professional) healthcare and education to meet the goals of the healthcare system of the future. The program also takes advantage of the vast array of in-depth expertise and rich resources of the university setting for intensive, focused experiences in other specialties when appropriate. We offer an individualized education plan to focus on areas of interest such as preventive medicine, international medicine, sports medicine, advanced OB and integrative medicine. The program is fully accredited by the ACGME. We are currently accepting applications for first year residents.



Curtis Galke, D.O.

Mission & Philosophy



We are dedicated healthcare providers and educators with a passion to inspire, create knowledge, and train world class health professionals who will provide comprehensive, quality, timely, integrated care to empower our communities. We strive to reduce health care disparities in our population with an emphasis on underserved issues in border and regional health.

Ultimately our mission is to have a sustainable regional model of care with global impact.


Core Values - We ENGAGE in:

  • A culture of compassion
  • Active knowledge creation
  • Assure integrity
  • Innovation with stability
  • Nurturing the whole person


We work towards a life of peace and happiness.




We will achieve our mission through:

  • Emphasizing personal wellness
  • Graduating compassionate, prepared, life-long learners
  • Creating a culture to serve



The Family Practice Residency Program holds many conferences. On Friday afternoons, all residents gather for didactic training which includes lectures, workshops, and other scholarly sessions. The series is designed to present the "Core Curriculum" for the Residency Program over the three years and to prepare the residents for practice and to pass the board exam. The residency uses novel, state of the art modalities to include Blackboard, asynchronous learning, and audience response systems. The didactic sessions are experiential and problem based throughout the longitudinal and developmental curriculum. The focus of these sessions during the first six months of the intern year is to prepare the resident for the in-training examination. Additional topics are drawn largely from the major specialty disciplines and repeat in an 18-month cycle to ensure access for all residents to include Pediatrics, General and Specialty Internal Medicine, Sports Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Practice Management, Geriatrics, Global and Community Medicine, Surgery, LGBT Medicine, Professionalism, PCMH and systems-based medicine. Increasing autonomy is emphasized in all areas of education. In addition, many other conferences are available, which include:


  • Family Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Case Conferences: primarily focused on practice based learning and improvement
  • Behavioral Medicine Conference
  • Journal Club
  • Evidence-based medicine and critical appraisal
  • Monthly Professionalism Rounds use an experiential model, discussion and an ethics curriculum to address professionalism in medicine
  • Performance Improvement and Patient Safety (PIPS) Conference formerly known as M&M Conference
  • Practice Management Seminars
  • Pharmacology
  • QI Conferences: Monthly conferences are held that address various patient safety principles and goals. Relevant journal articles are reviewed and a relevant resident managed case is discussed


Every year of residency consists of 13 blocks of training, each lasting four weeks.


Family Medicine Inpatient

Night Float


Pediatric Emergency Medicine


Emergency Medicine



Integrated Care/Behavioral Medicine


Sports Medicine

Practice Management

Intensive Care Unit



ENT & Ophthalmology

Family Medicine Clinic


Training Sites


Family Health Center

The Family Health Center is located on the Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR) Health System campus. It serves as the focal point for the education of the residents during their training, and is the venue for their continuity practice.


Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System

The Family Health Center is central, but Doctors Hospital at Renaissance also serves as a vital training site for our residents. DHR is the main hospital for our residency. Continually expanding and growing to meet the needs of our communities, the hospital is a state-of-the-art facility with other residents working together to provide the best learning experience.


Doctors Hospital at Renaissance

Sub-Acute Care and Skilled Nursing Facilities

As acute care hospitalization rates fall, it becomes important for family medicine physicians to develop the skills necessary to care for patients in sub-acute care and nursing home settings. Our residents, under the supervision of family medicine faculty, care for people in these settings - both in a block rotation and longitudinally through all three years of residency.


Community Family Practice and Specialty Clinics

As the New Model of Care evolves, new practice settings are increasingly important. Our residents have the opportunity to care for patients in such varied settings as public health department clinics, juvenile detention centers, skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes and private practices. Focusing on integrated care, we plan, train, and evaluate together in a team-based learning environment that maximizes resource utilization and provides efficient and effective patient care.

Full Scope Practice


Maternity Care

Our program's maternity care curriculum takes advantage of multiple teaching sites. Residents spend three months in the The Women’s Hospital at Renaissance. In this setting, residents care for moms and babies, perform deliveries, and provide newborn care under the supervision of family medicine faculty. In addition, the rotation includes time in community pre-natal clinics. Electives in advanced obstetrics are also available depending on resident educational needs.


Ambulatory Procedures

Each resident spends two four-week blocks in the ambulatory procedures rotation block which affords training in minor surgery, vasectomies, colposcopies, circumcisions, and other common outpatient procedures under the supervision of family medicine faculty.



The department is proud to be a Hartford Center of Excellence for Geriatric Education. The curriculum in geriatrics is strong and is taught by family medicine faculty. In addition, residents who wish to receive specialize training or even a Master’s in Gerontology, are invited to take advantage of the training, mentorship, conference opportunities, and more through the Hartford grant program.


Behavioral Science

Residents in our program enjoy both a block and longitudinal experience in the area of behavioral science taught by family medicine faculty.



Each resident spends two four-week blocks in an ambulatory pediatrics rotation. During these rotations, residents gain experience in well-child checks, pediatric acute care visits and other common outpatient health problems of children. In addition to ambulatory pediatrics, residents also spend four weeks on an inpatient pediatric services and four weeks in the newborn nursery.

Community Medicine


Community context is central to our patient care mission. Our program places residents in a wide range of clinical settings all across Rio Grande Valley- with special emphasis on serving those areas that are underserved.


All residents receive special training and skill development in the competencies of community medicine. This curricular area is scheduled both in longitudinal and block experiences during the three years of residency. Additional elective time is available for interested residents. Community medicine experiences are developed and taught by Family Medicine faculty members.


Residents complete activities designed to familiarize them with community resources and agencies in order to better serve the special needs of an underserved population. Residents gain experience in community settings including school health centers, United Way agencies, group homes, and nursing homes. Our faculty and residents also serve the community by participating in health fairs and other health promotion activities and are active in the indigent care Hope Clinic and Colonia Outreach. A bi-national approach to care of the Rio Grande Valley focuses on collaboration between Mexico and the United States. These opportunities are unique to the Border and augment the Global Medicine experiences.

Program Leadership


Family Medicine Residency Program Leadership

Curtis L. Galke, DO

Program Director



Curtis Lloyd Galke completed his undergraduate work at Brigham Young University in university studies with an emphasis in Zoology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology and Spanish.  He attended the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona California with a Health Professions Scholarship from the United States Air Force.  He completed an internship and residency in Family Medicine at Scott Air Force Base in O’Fallon, Illinois.  After residency he served as a family physician as well as flight medicine specialist at Howard Air Force Base in the Republic of Panama.


As a flight medicine specialist, Dr. Galke was not only charged with the welfare of Air Force pilots and their families but also focused his studies on international affairs, travel and tropical medicine.  While in Panama, Dr. Galke was also the designated physician for all Air Force HIV patients assigned to the Republic of Panama.


At the conclusion of his military service Dr. Galke was asked to help integrate an Air Force and civilian Family Medicine residency program sponsored by St Louis University in Belleville, IL.


While teaching at the newly formed St Louis University Family Medicine Residency program, he developed an interest in Emergency Medicine and worked in several rural as well as urban emergency departments throughout southern Illinois.  Dr. Galke continued to practice emergency medicine in Idaho where he became a part owner of a multi-specialty group and practiced a full scope of family medicine in addition to his work in the emergency department.


After several years of managing his own practice, Dr. Galke joined the Foreign Service and served as a regional medical officer for the US State Department in Mexico City and Panama City.  His responsibilities included evaluation of available medical care to US diplomats and their families in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, managing aeromedical evacuation for critically ill or injured diplomats and aiding host nation medical and law enforcement in developing acute trauma and life support infrastructure.


Dr. Galke has served a two year church mission in Mexico City where he worked with the underserved.  Since his mission he has continued to maintain fluency in Spanish and has worked extensively with the underserved Spanish speaking population.   He has worked on two different grants in southern Texas whose purpose is to develop a sustainable healthcare model for those with chronic diagnosis and are medically underserved.


Dr. Galke has an interest in integrative medicine and is currently participating in a fellowship in Endobiogeny.  As part of his faculty development Dr. Galke is writing a curriculum for a global medicine tract and doing research in Family Medicine resident recruitment.

Deepu George, PhD

Behavioral Science Faculty



Deepu George completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India. He completed MS in Holistic Psychological Counseling with a specialization in Family Therapy from Montfort College, Bangalore, India. After a number of years working as a clinician, consultant, and researcher in Bangalore, he began his doctoral work in the US in Family therapy. Deepu completed his Medical Family Therapy and Integrated Care residency at Duke / SR-AHEC Family Medicine Residency in Fayetteville, NC and completed his doctoral degree in 2014 from the University of Georgia.


During his graduate work, he focused on military families and communities in his work with Dr. Jay A. Mancini at the Family and Community Resilience Lab at the University of Georgia. His residency focused on behavioral health work in primary care settings as well as in a graduate medical education for family medicine residents. He is trained in integrated and team based care and has experience in working with faculty as well as resident physicians on managing psychosocial aspects of health, illness, and recovery. He established presence of the behavioral health resident in in-patient rounds, worked on projects related to educational aspects of integrated care rotation for residents, and transition of care planning approach for frequent utilizers of the health care system. Deepu has a long standing passion and commitment to understanding the role of communities in shaping human behavior. His dissertation research focused on longitudinal influence of neighborhoods, social integration, and social participation on health behavior, particularly physical activity. He was also instrumental in collaborating with the faculty fellow, Dr. Rebekah Collymore on developing a narrative medicine elective curriculum for the residency. He chose the Duke/SR-AHEC residency because of its emphasis on integrated and team based care, innovation in health care delivery, and serving a rural population.


Deepu has an interest in developing community oriented care models through diverse partnerships with the goal of increasing access to healthcare for underserved and the under privileged. He is interested in using his training in family systems, community capacity building, and his commitment to social justice to develop programs, rotations, and partnerships to serve varied populations in the valley. For him, being a behavioral science faculty has been a dream position since the beginning of his doctoral work and is very excited to be at DHR Family Medicine Residency.

Jimmy Gonzales, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor


Jimmy Gonzales, M.D. graduated cum laude and received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University in College Station.  He is a member of the Fighting Texas Aggie Class of 2006 Whoop! He earned his Medical Degree from the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, TX.  After medical school he completed a preliminary year in General Surgery at Parkland/UT Southwestern.  Dr. Gonzales then went on to complete his Family Medicine Residency at Scott & White/Texas A&M HSC in Temple, TX.  After residency he completed a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. During his fellowship Dr. Gonzales presented a podium presentation for a case study at the national meeting for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.


Dr. Gonzales is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and also board certified in Sports Medicine. In addition, he is a member of several professional societies including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.


Dr. Gonzales has recently accepted a full time position with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Family Medicine Residency Program as Director of Sports Medicine. He serves as the team physician for UTRGV athletics.  He looks forward to educating new and future Family Medicine Physicians.

Eron Manusov, MD



Eron Manusov, M.D. received his Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology at the University of California, Riverside, California.  He earned his Medical Degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.  He completed a family medicine residency at David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB, California and a faculty development fellowship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  His career in the military helped him to hone his teaching, leadership, and clinical skills.  Dr. Manusov then used that experience to care for rural and underserved populations


His 30 year career has focused on the care of the underserved and health care disparities reduction and has included military deployments, varied clinical care in multiple countries, academic appointments at his alma mater, and ten years of work in rural medicine. Dr. Manusov spent time at The Florida State University, College of Medicine working in the Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health.  In addition to mentoring students, directing the behavioral medicine curriculum and teaching, his research focused on using simulation to teach professionalism and ethics, characteristics of rural health care physicians, and success of under-represented minorities in medicine.  His passion is the care of the underserved and he spent many hours working in indigent care clinics and working in pipelines to health care professions for young disadvantaged youth.  He spent time as the Vice President of Clinical Education and Services at the Southern Regional Area Health Education Center and program director for the Family Medicine Residency where he helped manage a multi-disciplinary Integrated Care Curriculum.


Dr. Manusov is passionate about providing outstanding, compassionate, and integrated care in a Patient Centered Medical Home environment and teaching learners to care for the under-served.  His philosophy is that to be able to change the healthcare system for the future, providers must work together, practice evidence based life-long learning, and love to serve.


Maria de Jesus Muñoz, MD


Dr. Maria de Jesus Munoz obtained her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.  At graduation, she was awarded the prestigious Gold Headed Cane Award.  She completed residency training in family medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas.  After completing residency, Dr. Munoz returned to South Texas and has practiced in many settings, caring for the underserved communities. Dr. Munoz is board certified in family medicine, and has a special interest in preventive health and working with underserved communities. During her spare time, Dr. Munoz enjoys spending time with her family and writing.


Naomi Davis, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor/ Clinical

Family Medicine Clerkship Director

Department of Family & Community Medicine


Dr. Naomi Davis received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Spelman College and credits her time there for instilling in her the importance of service leadership. Dr. Davis then obtained a Master of Public Health with emphasis in Health Education and Disease Prevention. From this, she has served on multiple HRSA grant reviews with responsibility for allocating primary and preventive health care services to the Nation’s medically underserved. Dr. Davis then received a medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine where she was inducted into The Gold Humanism Honor Society for her leadership and compassion in medicine. Dr. Davis completed a Family Medicine residency with an emphasis on Global Health and upon graduation she joined The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley as clinical faculty at the Family Medicine residency program at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. She sees patients privately, volunteers her time teaching clinical skills to medical students and provides medical care in the Colonias of Hidalgo County.


Dr. Davis is Board Certified in Family Medicine and serves as the Family Medicine Clerkship Director. Her interests include health disparities research, women’s health, and serving vulnerable and medically underserved populations. Outside of medicine, Dr. Davis enjoys traveling, salsa dancing, humanitarian relief work, and being a foodie.


Adrian Sandoval, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP

Assistant Professor/ Clinical


Adrian Sandoval, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP is an Assistant Professor/Clinical within the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Discipline Expert (Pharmacology) at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine (SOM). Dr. Sandoval is a clinical pharmacy specialist with a primary care scope of practice and faculty at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR) Family Medicine Residency (FMR), Veterans Affairs (VA), and John Austin Peña Memorial Clinic. He is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and Board Certified in Ambulatory-Care Pharmacy (BCACP). Dr. Sandoval is the Director of the Pharmacotherapy Clinic at DHR FMR and the Director of Pharmacology Curriculum for the Department of Family and Community Medicine FMRs.  He completed an Ambulatory-Care/Community Pharmacy Residency at Scott & White Healthcare in Temple, TX. After completion of his residency, he joined the faculty at The University of Texas (UT) at Austin College of Pharmacy (COP)/University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) Cooperative Pharmacy Program (CPP). Currently, Dr. Sandoval is an Adjoint Assistant Professor at UT COP. His interests include interprofessional practice/education, medication adherence/counseling, substance abuse, gender care, and primary care topics such as diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia. Outside of work, he loves to spend time with his family, travel to historical sites, spend time outdoors, BBQ, and enjoys sharing laughs with his friends and family.


Welcome to the Family Medicine Residency Program

Training excellent physicians who will go on to achieve success and become outstanding leaders

Scholarly Activity


We encourage our residents to participate in scholarly projects. All residents are required to complete to QI/Patient Safety projects, Journal Club presentations, and participate in multiple committees that focus on evidence-based methods for inquiry.  Faculty are active in research, presentations, and are members of various international and national level organizations.  Research interests of the faculty include, well-being, community-based success, integrated and collaborative approaches to health, reduction of health disparities, and alternative and integrative medicine.  A 200K research center is located on the DHR campus with multiple research opportunities available for residents and students.


Research methods, epidemiology and statistics, review of the literature and evidence-based inquiry are taught in a longitudinal curriculum and all faculty participate are fellowship trained in academia. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), School of Medicine is located ten minutes away with advanced opportunities for research and scholarly activity.

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Family Medicine - Hendersonville

View our residency brochure here.

Dear Student Colleague:

The next step beyond the completion of medical school for some is more than a job and much more akin to a calling.   It becomes the actual transformation of the words in a personal statement to the life-long journey to make a difference in the lives of those within a community.

In a small town, you can make a big impact.
Our program has unique features and is specifically designed to train full-scope family doctors to serve in rural and underserved settings.  From your first day you are treated as an integral member of the team.  Your training will allow you to experience a large breadth of knowledge, procedural skills, and ultimately life as a family doctor while you take care of patients in the delivery room, intensive care unit, nursing homes, and home visits.  Clinical opportunities are longitudinal to emphasize the continuity of care across settings as well as the relationships with the people we help find health and wellness.  As a smaller program in a small town, leadership and influence takes many forms including community outreach, school-based health, hospital committees, and serving the most vulnerable patients including migrant and homeless health clinics. Your teachers consist of experienced family doctors and other health professionals who share the desire to make a difference.

Innovation that matters.
As one of the original 14 programs in the nation to participate in the P4 (Preparing the Personal Physician for Practice) project, we have a long history as a progressive and innovative program. Most recently, we have joined the ranks of Teaching Health Centers, who provide comprehensive outpatient training in Federally Qualified Community Health Centers (FQHCs). Our partnership with Blue Ridge Community Health, one of the oldest Migrant Health and Community Health Centers in the country, provides an outstanding experience for training residents in community-based care for underserved populations.  Not only does training in this environment enrich a resident’s experience and eventual skill-set, but it effects the community immediately and directly.

Learning skills for a lifetime of community service.
As a true community-based program, we are committed to responding to the needs of our neighborhood, town and the region in which we live.  Our more intimate learning environment emphasizes experiential learning, innovative modules, and comprehensive procedural opportunities.  Residents and faculty alike share a commitment to teach and learn together, all with the aim of providing improved care.  This is a program that allows for a wide range of enriching clinical experiences in a personalized setting.  By maximizing flexibility in styles for adult learners residents develop into their best potential while attaining well-rounded skills applicable to any practice setting.

The importance of personal and professional wellness.
The strains on the day-to-day life of today’s physician extend well beyond the exam room.  The ability to establish healthy habits and support during your training is pivotal to our future success.  We encourage a work environment, schedule, and personal support network that nurtures you as a valued colleague during this phase of your development. Furthermore, we provide enough flexibility to optimize your experiences that add both personal and professional value to your individual focus and goals.  We believe strongly that the best family doctors are those who have whole lives, and learn how to balance professional commitment and personal growth early in their careers.

Come and visit our program and our community.  You’ll discover a group of dedicated and compassionate people that share in a desire to help others and grow together.  I wish you the best of luck in the next step of your journey in medicine.

Best wishes,
Bryan Hodge, DO

For questions or more information, please contact

Lica Strasner
Residency Program Coordinator
Hendersonville Family Medicine Residency Program
709 N. Justice Street, Suite B
Hendersonville, NC 28791
(828) 696-1234
Fax: (828) 696-1257

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