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The goal of the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium Anesthesiology Residency is to develop the very best anesthesiology consultants, who can excel in the military environment. Our graduates are warrior physicians, crisis managers, and expert consultants.
Four year program (Clinical Base 1 Year + Clinical Anesthesia 3 years)
Clinical Base Year Outline
* Denotes rotation may be in CA-1 or CA-2 year
Research & Quality Improvement, Patient Safety (QIPS) CA1-3
Away rotations to Dallas (Neuro and Vascular), Houston (CT and Cardiac ICU), Corpus Christi (Pediatrics) and University Hospital in San Antonio (CT and OB) during CA1-3 year.
The importance of anesthesiologists in a forward-deployed environment cannot be overstated. Our graduates currently fill roles on Ground Surgical Teams (GSTs), Forward Surgical Teams (FSTs), Role 2 Teams, Role 3 Teams, Special Operations Surgical Teams (SOST) and Critical Care Air Transport Teams (CCATT) in deployed locations worldwide. Training our residents to be warrior physicians, crisis managers, and expert consultants results in fewer lives lost on the battlefield, less morbidity, and better return to function at home.
Our program utilized multiple avenues to accomplish this. Army residents attend Combat Casualty Care Course (C4) and become Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) certified. All residents that graduate from USUHS attended Bushmaster and also become ATLS certified. All residents are expected to maintain Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (BLS, ACLS, and PALS) certifications. A Military Unique Curriculum (MUC) has been instituted and includes lectures and discussions from recently deployed members of our department. Knowledge, Skills, and Attributes (KSAs), Comprehensive Medical Readiness Programs (CMRPs), and Individual Critical Task Lists (ICTLs) are reviewed, and residents receive simulation training ranging from ultrasound techniques, mass casualty management, invasive line placement, regional anesthesia, and blood transfusion protocols and practices. Residents do not attend CCATT or GST training during residency, but they do receive lectures regarding these trainings. We typically send 8-10 residents per year on Medical Readiness Training Exercises (MEDRETEs), providing a valuable experience in anesthesia care in more austere environments. Recent MEDRETE locations have included El Salvador, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Honduras. Our robust simulation program takes advantage of the technology available in our in-house simulation center. Residents participate in these exercises every four weeks. Some examples of military relevant simulations are blood transfusion practices, mass casualty, head trauma, chest and abdominal trauma, cardiac tamponade, etc. Our graduates routinely deploy within 1-2 years of graduation (some within 90 days) and have an outstanding performance record. We conduct an annual porcine “live-patient model” lab where residents get to practice CMRP/ICTL required skills that don’t happen often, but can be lifesaving. Residents have the opportunity to participate in FRST field exercises at Camp Bullis that are held several times a year.
Contact the Clerkship Site Director, Clerkship Coordinator, or Program Coordinator for a Clerkship Rotation.
Phone: (210) 916-8666
Fax: (210) 916-8712
Dept. of Anesthesia
SAUSHEC Anesthesiology Residency
Brooke Army Medical Center
3551 Roger Brooke Dr.
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6200