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Emergency Medicine Residency Overview

  • 3-Year (EM1-2-3) Categorical Program. Fully accredited by ACGME.
  • Jointly sponsored by US Army and Air Force.
  • Located in beautiful, sunny San Antonio, TX.
  • 16 residents per class; 8 Army, 8 Air Force.

Program Highlights

  • Exceptional tactical/prehospital/military curriculum and capstone exercise
  • Affiliated with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, MD
  • High acuity military ED with volume of over 86,000
  • Level I trauma centers, burn unit, NICU and multiple ICUs
  • Excellent mix of high acuity medical, trauma, pediatric and geriatric patients
  • World-class didactics, protected Grand Rounds time, nationally-recognized visiting professors

Benefits & Wellness

  • Military salary and benefits compare very favorably to civilian resident compensation.
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, disability, retirement, and malpractice package.
  • Allowances for moving, travel and uniforms.
  • Program has been in full compliance with new ACGME duty hour rules for over a decade.
  • BAMC EM shifts generally 9 hours in length - affords time to read and be with family.
  • 3 weeks of leave per year with additional time off during holidays possible.
  • 4 resident days per year (faculty provides ED coverage).

Legacy of Excellence

  • One of the most established programs in the nation - 1977.
  • 96% ABEM board passage rate over the past 30 years
  • Residents routinely place in the top 10% of the country for In-Training Exam scores.
  • Former faculty and residents have gone on to make outstanding professional contributions including the past presidents of ACEP and SAEM; Dean of the University of West Virginia School of Medicine; chairmen of departments at Methodist Hospital, IN, and Northwestern University, Chicago; former Air Force and Army Consultants to the Surgeons General; program directors at Madigan Army Medical Center, Norfolk Naval Medical Center, Wright-Patterson Medical Center and Nellis AFB medical center, University of South Florida, and Michigan State University; Department Chiefs at Multiple Army & Air Force Community Hospitals; Division Surgeon of the 82nd Airborne Division; and authors of Atlas of Emergency Medicine, and Handbook of Medical Photography.

Why SAUSHEC Emergency Medicine?

  • High acuity patient population/ Leadership in trauma. BAMC sees over 86,000 patient visits annually, with an admission rate of 16-18%. Admissions from the BAMC ED represent one-fifth of all DoD patients admitted from Army, Navy, and Air Force EDs, which is more than the next two DoD medical centers combined. BAMC is the only Level I Trauma center in the DoD seeing over 4K trauma activations per year and only one of two in the 7th largest city in the country. In partnership with the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC), we are key contributors in the development, implementation, and sustainment of the regional trauma and emergency healthcare system for the surrounding 22 counties. You will see trauma from urban, suburban, rural, and frontier areas.
  • Combined strength of 2 major military programs and DOD only stateside level I trauma center.
  • The first (circa 1977) and largest DoD EM residency training program, composed of a combined Army-Air Force residency with 48 residents. The residency has a historical 96% ABEM first-time board pass rate and distinguished alumni all over the world. Teaching and leadership opportunities in the program are abundant, including research, simulation, monthly live tissue procedure lab, biannual cadaver lab, emergency ultrasound, EMS, toxicology, military unique curriculum, quality/patient safety, journal club, free open access medical education, and EM board review (including mock oral boards). The residency leadership is fully committed to support you with CV building opportunities and professional mentoring. With support from the Department of Emergency Medicine, the Institute of Surgical Research, and SAUSHEC GME, our program sets the standard for scholarship and bedside teaching in emergency medicine.
  • Outstanding faculty with active research program and over $7 million of grant money.
  • Comprehensive didactics and educational program.
  • Excellent track record of ABEM In-Training scores and board pass rates.
  • Great location - big city culture and amenities with small town attitude, low cost-of-living, and short commutes. Sunny and warm year-round - ideal for outdoor activities.
  • A robust emergency ultrasound program. We perform over 6,000 ultrasounds annually, have thirteen ultrasound systems, utilize wireless video-based PACs archiving, have five US-trained faculty on staff, and a host an Emergency, Critical Care, and Point-of-Care US Fellowship trained staff.
  • The DoD’s Military EMS and Disaster Medicine Fellowship. We are the largest EMS fellowship in the country. Our ACGME-accredited program offers an MPH degree in addition to foundational civilian EMS experience in regionalized EMS systems, urban, fire-based, rural, third service, helicopter, and tactical EMS. Our unique military EMS education produces thought leaders and experts in prolonged field care, en route care, translational research, and disaster response.
  • Military Unique Curriculum (MUC). Our team offers an incredibly robust and electrifying MUC involving Army and Air Force units. The MUC concludes with a culmination exercise with live tissue, air evacuation, full personal body armor, paintballs, explosive simulators and evacuation for definitive care.
  • Blending of military and civilian experience, learning the broad spectrum of emergency medicine to enable practice in any setting from austere to large urban academic center.
  • Extensive research opportunities. Our residents, fellows, and staff routinely present original research at national and international conferences. Depending on your interests, our relationships within the Institute of Surgical Research (ISR), the USAF 959th En-Route Care Center and the Army Medical Department Center and School and our own dedicated research nurses provide ample resources and opportunities to perform research at high academic, operational, and strategic levels.
  • Resident wellness fully supported with four, 24 hour-long, resident days during which every resident is off and has the opportunity to enjoy time together and with family.
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