Education

Clinical Program

The clinical program is designed to assure that each resident training in the program has the opportunity to exceed the minimum case number requirements for each category as set by the American Board of Anesthesiology to be eligible for specialty certification by that board. The primary training hospitals are:

Teaching Hospitals

University Health System
The public hospital district for Bexar County, Texas is recognized by U.S. News & World Report, “America’s Best Hospitals” as the No. 1 Hospital in San Antonio. The University Hospital campus consists of three towers, with more than 600 beds, and it is the only Level I Trauma Center in the South Texas region, including a $990M trauma tower opened in April 2014 which expanded the operating room capacity by 33% and incorporates the latest designs utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and technologies.. UHS also includes a Joint Commission-recognized Center of Excellence in Organ Transplantation and the renowned Texas Diabetes Institute. The health system provides specialty services such as emergency medicine, pediatrics, cardiology, and rehabilitation.

South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital
Acute medical, surgical, psychiatric, geriatric, and primary care services are offered for veterans residing locally, regionally and nationally. Comprised of 271 operating hospital beds, a 90-bed Extended Care Therapy Center and a 30-bed state-of-the-art Spinal Cord Injury Center, ALMVAH provides such tertiary care services and technology as bone marrow transplantation, open heart surgery, magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography. The VA’s Under Secretary for Health honored the STVHCS with operating two clinical Programs of Excellence—Health Care for Homeless Veterans and Cardiac Surgery Program. As a Level II research facility, with a budget of approximately $5.4 million (24 percent VA funded), nearly 40 principal investigators conduct research on aging, cardiac surgery, cancer, diabetes, and more. The facility houses the only National Institutes of Health sponsored research program in the VA and one of 16 Geriatric Research, Education & Clinical Centers, which recently was noted a "Center of Excellence" by the National Institute on Aging. In 2014, the ALMVAH was designated a Top Performer with Top Honors in Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission.

Children’s Hospital of San Antonio (Christus Santa Rosa Health System)
The leading children’s hospital in all of South Texas serving a 90-county area, the hospital is one of only a few children’s hospitals in Texas and the first hospital in the region entirely dedicated to the care of children. Serving more than 150,000 children each year, COSA is a 200-plus bed facility providing comprehensive pediatric services at one location since 1959.

Clinical Rotations

PGY-1
A transitional year incorporating rotations in the departments of Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics and Anesthesiology.

PGY-2
Twelve months of general operating room experience at the affiliated training hospitals under the direct supervision of the Anesthesiology faculty with increasing degrees of difficulty and a wide variety of surgical cases.

PGY-3 and 4
Twenty-four months of rotation assignments designed to enable the resident the opportunity to spend dedicated time experiencing specific types of sub-specialty anesthesia cases.

Minimum required experience (16 months)
2 months of Cardio-thoracic anesthesiology
2 months of Neurosurgical anesthesiology
2 months of Pediatric anesthesiology
2 months of Critical Care Medicine
2 months of Obstetric anesthesiology
1 month of Airway management
1 month of Regional anesthesiology
1 month of Perioperative medicine
1 month of Post-anesthesia care
1 month of Chronic pain
1 month of Acute pain

Plus optional experience opportunities (depending on case logs and clinical need)
Additional rotation(s) in anesthesia subspecialties
One-month elective rotations available at the PGY-4 level only: Research, TEE / Ultrasound, or Transition to Anesthesia Practice (TAP)