The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) General Surgery Residency Program is a categorical, non-pyramidal program approved by the ACGME for 9 categorical residents at each year of surgical training, 20 preliminary interns, and 4 preliminary PGY-2 residents. The program was last reviewed in 2013 by the Surgery Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and received full, 5-year accreditation. Research is not mandatory, but opportunities are available for those who choose to do 1 or more research years.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduating chief residents are qualified to practice the full spectrum of General Surgery and have adequate operative experience and knowledge to qualify for the certification examination by the American Board of Surgery (MD) or the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery (DO). Residents achieve clinical proficiency through graduated responsibility commensurate with ability and level of training during 5 years of clinical experience.
Over the past 5 years, our graduates have consistently performed better than the national average on the American Board of Surgery’s Qualifying and Certifying Examinations. Our 5-year pass rate for the Qualifying Exam is 91% (national average = 89%). Our 5-year pass rate for the Certifying Exam is 88% (national average = 83%). Our 5-year pass rate for passing both exams on the first attempt is 82% (national average = 76%).
In addition to learning clinical surgery, our residents have the opportunity to spend additional years doing clinical and/or basic science research between the clinical PG2 and PG3 years. Research is not mandatory. If a resident chooses to do research, they have the opportunity to complete 1, 2, or even 3 years of research. During these research years the department sponsors and pays tuition for the research resident to complete a Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) in our NIH-sponsored program.
Message from the Program Director
We believe the surgical residents are the lifeblood of any great Department of Surgery.
We strive to continually challenge our residents while supporting them at the same time. This is accomplished by having all levels of faculty work side-by-side with the residents on all services. For example, on our trauma surgery service residents take call with the Department Chairman and the Residency Director.
Graduates of our program are compassionate physicians with outstanding technical skills and excellent clinical judgment.
They are prepared for highly rewarding careers as broadly-trained general surgeons. Upon graduation, the majority of our residents pursue fellowship training in high caliber subspecialty training programs. Those residents who do not desire additional training are highly successful in the private practice community. Our graduates have taken positions in a great variety of locations throughout the United States. Our teaching faculty come from diverse backgrounds providing our residents with many opportunities to learn a variety of approaches to clinical problems. Since 2013, 91% of our graduates passed their American Board of Surgery Qualifying (written) Examination on the first attempt, 88% passed the Certifying (oral) Examination on the first attempt, and 82% passed both exams on the first attempt. Our pass rate for each exam and both exams is above the national averages of 89%, 83%, and 76%, respectively.
In addition to learning clinical surgery, our categorical residents have the opportunity, should they choose to do so, to spend at least one additional year doing clinical and/or basic science research between the clinical PG2 and PG3 years. This research experience can set the stage for a productive academic career, propel the resident to a top fellowship or simply allow the young surgeon an opportunity to learn what really goes into research so that he/she may evaluate medical literature more critically. Regardless of a surgeon’s ultimate career path, we believe that time spent in research should complement the clinical training and make one a better surgeon over the long term.
In short, we are committed to attracting outstanding students and providing them with excellent training so that they are prepared to meet their goals, whether in academia or in private practice. We welcome applications from any qualified individual who feels he/she is up to the challenge.
Daniel L. Dent, M.D., Program Director
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UT Health San Antonio Department of Surgery
General Surgery Residency Program
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
Mail Code 7742
San Antonio TX 78229-3900
Resident Administrative Support Staff
Eileen Kleffner — 210-567-5711
Guiomar Garcia — 210-567-2032