About Us

Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Main (Program Overview/Mission/Vision/Aims)

Welcome to the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC) Emergency Medicine Residency Program. This program is one of the nation’s oldest and largest emergency medicine residency training programs. The program began in 1977 at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC), and in 1987 became a joint program with the Air Force program at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center (WHASC). Highlights include:

  • The only level I trauma center in the U.S. Department of Defense
  • 86K patient visits per year with an 16-18% admission rate and about 4K trauma activations
  • 62 ER beds with dedicated pediatric pod, 8 trauma bays, and fast track area
  • A diversified faculty providing the broadest exposure to EM practice with about 50 full-time EM-trained faculty of whom 40% trained at outside institutions
  • Provide services to patients in 25,000 square miles in Texas plus areas around the world
  • Train 16 EM residents per year for a total of 48 EM residents
  • Exceptional 95% ABEM board exam pass rate over the last 30 years
  • BAMC ED is a state-of-the art consolidated Army-Air Force facility
  • Ample research opportunities in a variety of topics (> $7 million dollars in grants and 118 publications in 2019 alone)
  • Co-located with the Army’s Institute of Surgical Research where we lead the way in battlefield research and tactical combat casualty care
  • Program leadership focused providing unparalleled opportunities in emergency medicine training combined with excellence and individual wellness
  • Extensive alumni network both currently serving or having served the Armed Forces
  • Two EM fellowships; Emergency Ultrasound and Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • EMPA fellowship (one of 3 in the nation) allows interaction with PAs in training

For information regarding Medical Student Rotations please visit the Emergency Medicine page on our Medical Student Rotations site, located here:

https://bamc.tricare.mil/About-Us/SAUSHEC/Medical-Student-Rotations/Rotations/Emergency-Medicine

Curriculum/Rotations/Locations/Partnering Institutions

  • 18 clinical days in 28-day BAMC ED blocks with built-in time to pursue other endeavors
  • 8-hour scheduled shifts on BAMC ED blocks to maximize work-life balance
  • Core ED rotations at BAMC with 40% community rotations in civilian institutions to ensure maximal exposure to a broad spectrum of patient populations
  • Scholarly Track Program offered to allow you to get up to 500 hours of focused residency education in EMS, Ultrasound, Research, among others
  • Two to three blocks of elective rotations offered
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine training in dedicated pediatric emergency departments at BAMC, Methodist Children’s in San Antonio, and Texas Children’s in Houston
  • Toxicology rotation in Denver Health and the Rocky Mountain Poison Control Center
  • Rotation through the BAMC Burn Unit, a leading center for burns in the country
  • Military unique rotation in Honduras
  • Monthly live tissue procedure lab to master essential EM skills

Military Relevance (military relevance of specialty/how program prepares trainees to be ready for military mission & first assignment)

  • Focus on being a military EM physician, not just a physician in the military
  • Grand rounds with military specific pearls
  • Dedicated operational EM rotation with potential for military unique training
  • Longitudinal and individualized preparation for your first assignment

Application Instructions (Eligibility/Interview Process/Program Application Details)

Applications to the Emergency Medicine Residency can be done either as a medical student (USU/HPSP) or as a Field Medical Physician Officer.

Air Force and Army applicants apply through the MODS application: https://education.mods.army.mil/MedEd/UserLogon/UserLogon.asp

Initial applications are typically due NLT 31 August of the year before training begins with supplementary material due in the early fall (OCT-NOV) of the year before training begins. Precise dates are subject to change and are reflect on the MODS website.

To Schedule an interview please contact our coordinators at sammcem@usuhs.edu

**Please contact us no later than October 1st to schedule an interview

Contact Us

To Schedule a Medical Student Rotation

(up to 9 months prior to the rotation) Email (preferred): usarmy.jbsa.medcom-bamc.list.saushec-clerkship@mail.mil If you are not contacted within 10 days of requesting a rotation, please contact: sammcem@usuhs.edu

To Schedule an Interview

Email: sammcem@usuhs.edu

If you need GME training verification, please see: SAUSHEC Post Graduate

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