University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

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John LanglandJohn Langland   August 28, 2007  
 
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City
San Antonio
State/Province
Texas

Program Information

Residents per class
5
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

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2 reviews

Overall rating 
 
8.6
Staff Surgeons 
 
8.5  (2)
Didactics/Teaching 
 
8.0  (2)
Operating Experience 
 
9.0  (2)
Clinical Experience 
 
8.5  (2)
Research 
 
7.0  (2)
Residents 
 
9.5  (2)
Lifestyle 
 
9.0  (2)
Location 
 
9.0  (2)
Overall Experience 
 
8.5  (2)
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Overall rating 
 
9.8
Staff Surgeons 
 
10.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
10.0
Operating Experience 
 
10.0
Clinical Experience 
 
9.0
Research 
 
9.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
10.0
Location 
 
10.0
Overall Experience 
 
10.0

Great People, Great Direction

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
The staff is extremely impressive. There are a lot of big name faculty that all take an active role in the program. They come to Friday didactic sessions and are vocal teachers, participating in sessions. On my rotation, I was with the trauma faculty and oncology faculty(which have the program director and chairmen). All of the faculty were welcoming, fun to work with, and consistently taught in a great way.
The most impressive aspect of the program is the culture. There is a commitment that each resident and faculty take in each other and the direction of the program. It is impossible to overlook. They continual invest in improving and challenging each other. The direction of the program through the leadership of faculty and residents is only going up. They all lack complacency and strive to develop the program.
Didactics / Teaching
Didactics happen on Friday mornings. During my rotation, I felt that these were extremely helpful. Lectures come from both the chief residents and faculty. Faculty are present every week to contribute and one faculty member teaches every Friday along with a few residents.
Operating Experience
The operative experience is outstanding with more autonomy in the OR than other programs I witnessed. The chief residents run their own rooms on trauma with attending help when needed. Attendings check in and are easily accessible, they tend to not scrub in with chiefs unless a very complex surgery. No one is left to figure anything out, but if residents know what they are doing, the residents perform entire surgeries.
University Hospital in San Antonio is the main trauma one center for most of south Texas and the valley. The volume is impressive with residents having excess in training and trauma operative experience.
Clinic Experience
Clinic is run efficiently and teaching occurs between patients. We would review radiographs of patients and teaching about specific fractures or oncological diseases, since I rotated on trauma and oncology.
Research Opportunities
As a medical student, I witnessed the vast amount of research projects the program is doing. It was easy to find something to be a part of as a medical student since many residents were performing research. I am unsure if it is a requirement, but if you want to do research the program has increased its opportunities greatly since I first began medical school there in 2013.
Residents
The residents are another stronghold of the program. They are down to earth hardworking residents that get along extremely well. They are genuine good hearted group that looks out for each other and the rotators. They loved to teach us and make us feel a part of their community.
The two residents I worked with, one being a chief and the other a 4th year, were two of the best residents I had worked with. They are extremely well trained and perform most of the operations on their own with attending guidance when needed.
Lifestyle
The residents seem to have a very good balance. While on trauma, they work extremely hard as University Hospital volume is huge, which is great. However, off trauma, they still work hard but have time to balance things outside of work, e.g. workout, family, maintain hobbies. So trauma is very busy, but outside of that, residents seemed to have a great lifestyle.
San Antonio is a great place to live. After living here for four years, I’ve noticed it has a good pace of life for a medical student and most likely a resident as well. There is plenty to do and can get anywhere in the city under 20 minutes. In the past 3 years, the city has focused on recruiting young people to the city, so many great new bars, restaurants, and parks have been built. It has started to have a flow over from Austin and there are continually new areas to check out. The city has become much younger. It is a perfect place to raise a family, as life is extremely affordable and everything accessible.
Location / Housing
Health science center is placed between downtown and the RIM which is a pocket of great shops, restaurants, top golf, and solid golf courses. Houses around the area are extremely affordable, and living throughout the city is very affordable as well.
Limitations
Noted before was the chair and program director position being unsolidified. This is not the case. The chair and program director both have a great direction for the program. They are incredibly invested in the program and committed to improving training and resident experience each year.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Overall, I was extremely impressed with the program. The strengths of the program are culture, faculty, and residents. The culture is a blue collar, hardworking, down to earth, group of people continually wanting to improve themselves and each other. The faculty taught extremely well while also giving autonomy in the operating room. Residents were talented, well trained, and fun to work with. And San Antonio is a great city to live in.

Qualification

I am a medical student at this school.
Date of Rotation
July 2016
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(Updated: December 10, 2011)
Overall rating 
 
7.3
Staff Surgeons 
 
7.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
6.0
Operating Experience 
 
8.0
Clinical Experience 
 
8.0
Research 
 
5.0
Residents 
 
9.0
Lifestyle 
 
8.0
Location 
 
8.0
Overall Experience 
 
7.0

Mostly Good People; Needs New Direction

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
There is a mix of unbelievable faculty and faculty that are not pleasant to work with. The interim chairman used to be the chair and doesn't seem to be involved at all in the program. He is not pleasant to be around and the residents don't seem to think he cares much about education. The PD is a retired spine surgeon from the community. The shoulder/elbow faculty are amazing to work with and love to teach. There is a younger trauma attending who is an awesome guy and is loved by the residents. He used to be a resident at the program. The senior trauma attending has a reputation of being very difficult to work with and is extremely unpleasant to be around. The residents universally do not like him. The joints rotations get mixed reviews. Dr. M Morrey is a new joints faculty who residents claim is awesome to work with. No one seems to be too happy with their junior joints experience. Apparently for F/A, sports, and spine you go out in the community where the operative experience gets mixed reviews based on talking with different residents.<br />
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There are some "big name" faculty: DeLee, Rockwood, Green, B. Morrey... but note, they just started chiefs working with DeLee. You never work with David Green and Dr. Morrey mainly works with the fellows and is not there the entire year.
Didactics / Teaching
Didactics usually on Monday AM and afternoon. Pretty average-below average in comparison to other didactic sessions. Fracture rounds are resident-led and seem to be helpful.
Operating Experience
Pretty good. I think that you will definitely learn how to do trauma at this program. The senior attending does not let the residents do as much as they would like to do. Usually the chiefs will do the case with a PGY3 scrubbed with them. Expect to operate on trauma as a PGY3 b/c the PGY2 on trauma is in the ER. I think most residents agree that the joint rotation is still better, but not great. Residents seem mixed on whether or not they scope enough to feel comfortable. I think the feeling is that over the years the amount of resident autonomy has decreased.
Clinic Experience
Pretty usual clinic experience. This place is a county care program unless the residents are with private guys in the community.
Research Opportunities
You interview with 3 research PhD's, but research does not seem to be a priority at all. This isn't a place for you if research is a priority.
Residents
Overall a good group. There are currently 4 IMG's in the program. There are some really great residents that stand out, but others make you scratch your head. The admin chief was really difficult to work with, but overall most of the residents were pleasant. There is more of a "married feeling" then a "playboy" feel.
Lifestyle
When you're on trauma it's miserable. Everyone is terrified an on edge wrt cal nights with the senior trauma attending. When you are not on trauma, life is great. Pretty standard 6am-5pm weekday with decent call schedule.
Location / Housing
San Antonio is a great city. The weather is amazing and stays warm in the winter. The housing is really cheap and near the hospital. There is some driving involved when doing the private practice rotations. It seems more like a married town than a single young/professional crowd.
Limitations
The chair position is not solidified. I interviewed on the first day, and up to that point, there was no consensus as to what should be done regarding the chair position. The current interim chair is apparently looking to stay on as chair again. He pretty much acts like everyone should just thank him for the chance to even be considered for residency there. There also is not much money to go around to the residents for glasses, food, etc.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Overall, you will get trained there. I mainly applied throughout Texas and the Midwest and thought that it was a pretty average program. I think they need some new blood in the program after talking with the residents.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
2011
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