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OB/GYN Residency Program

Overview/Mission/Vision/Aims

SAUSHEC is a great place to train.  Our primary training location, Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) has the only Level 1 Trauma center, Largest simulation lab and is situated in Military City, USA boasting very affordable housing. Training in OBGYN here is no exception. We have a 24-resdient program with all the subspecialties represented to include GYN ONC, REI, UroGyn and MFM. We deliver approximately 200 babies a month, and with our large retired population, ample surgery to go around with no fellows to compete with. We spend 4 months at Fort Hood, experiencing a large community military hospital with dense troop populations. We also work with several civilian physicians in town to increase our exposure to the civilian side of Obstetrics and Gynecology. We are committed to training competent and compassionate, mission ready OBGYNs through graduating level of autonomy. We require and encourage a loving and supportive environment that pushes residents to their full potential. Our graduates leave here ready to practice independently and with confidence whether stationed at a remote MTF or large training medical center.

Resident physicians are fully integrated into all aspects of patient care to include general obstetrics, benign gynecology, as well as all the represented subspecialty divisions (MFM, ONC, REI, UROGYN). At the time of graduation our resident are prepared and fully capable to perform the full spectrum of obstetrics and gynecology care for active duty and dependent women. Additionally, it is our goal to train and develop military officers who understand the importance of military readiness and the unique aspects of military medicine. Residents will be expected to maintain compliance with all military training and requirements as well as maintaining fitness for duty.

OB/GYN Residency Curriculum/Rotations/Locations/Partnering Institutions

The majority (85%) of the residency training experience occurs at Brooke Army Medical Center where we have a busy labor and delivery floor, GYN surgery and wards, MFM services, GYN Oncology surgery and wards, REI, UroGynecology and Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery.

Residents spend 4 months at Fort Hood, experiencing a large community military hospital with dense troop populations.

Residents spend about 5% of their time partnering with civilian colleagues in town to gain exposure to the civilian side of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Residents work with the OB Hospitalists and MFM group at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. They operate with UroGynecologists at the VA hospital and with GYN Oncologists in the Methodist Hospital System.

OB/GYN Residency Military Relevance

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

Military unique curriculum for the OB/GYN resident centers around readiness for the female soldier. Ensuring a ready, female, fighting force translates into all aspect of obstetrics, gynecology and women’s health care.

One important impact that OB/GYNs have on the readiness of the female soldier is prevention of unplanned or mistimed pregnancy and female specific health need in preparation for deployment. Our program has a heavy focus on quality contraception for our active duty patients with a special emphasis on LARC (long acting reversible contraception). Additionally, residents receive didactic training on the specific deployment needs for women such as menstrual suppression and avoidance of common female specific complaints (i.e. UTIs, vaginitis, etc.).

Return to duty and fitness for duty following pregnancy is also a key component of readiness of the female soldier. We emphasize the importance of quality postpartum care (as this is a prime time for contraception) including the provision of immediate placement of LARCs in our postpartum populations. There are also many potential pregnancy complications that can impact a women’s long term health including hypertensive disease, gestational diabetes and postpartum depression. Scholarly activity is ongoing in our department in all these areas in an attempt to identify rates of these complications in our active duty population and ensure appropriate screening and management of these conditions is occurring in order to hopefully limit the impact on future health and readiness concerns.

From a gynecology perspective, readiness of the female soldier also focuses on health maintenance and disease prevention. Areas of focus with regards to health maintenance include aspects such as cervical and breast cancer screening and immunizations. Twice monthly interdisciplinary conferences regarding management of abnormal pap testing helps us utilize most up-to-date guidelines regarding screening and treatment and ongoing quality improvement projects have helped to increase the breadth of vaccines available to our patients here in the Women’s Health Clinic.

Gynecologic readiness also centers arounds expediting recovery from surgical procedures. We emphasize minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever possible in order to decrease recovery and risks of post-operative complications. Additionally, our department has been an institutional leader with regards to implementation of the ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery) protocols. These evidence-based interventions improve surgical outcomes for all our patients and in turn return our Soldier and Airmen to duty faster.

OB/GYN Residency Application Instructions

To be eligible to apply for our residency, you must have an HPS scholarship or attend USUHS. We welcome and encourage all applicants to spend a month rotating with us. Interested students can rotate on MFM, GYN Oncology, Gynecology, REI, Minimally Invasive Gynecology, Night Float and Labor and Delivery.

To schedule a rotation, Contact the Medical Student Coordinator at: usarmy.jbsa.medcom-bamc.list.saushec-clerkship@mail.mil

Interviews occur from July through October. To schedule an interview, please contact our program coordinator at (210) 916-6463.

Contact Us

Program Director

Phone: (210) 916-6006

Program Coordinator

Phone: (210) 916-6463
Fax: (210) 916-4073

Mailing Address

SAUSHEC Obstetrics & Gynecology
Medical Education Department
Brooke Army Medical Center
3551 Roger Brooke Dr.
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6200

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