RESIDENCY - Department of Family & Community Medicine

Philosophy

...to care for the entire family in all phases of family life.


The Family Medicine residency program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio promotes an atmosphere of excellence through collaborative learning, evidence-based practice, patient-centered care, and also scholarship. Our state of the art facilities allow for the management of a predominantly underserved population using multidisciplinary team members that assist patients in overcoming those social determinants of health that contribute to adverse health outcomes.

 

In this way, we endeavor to train physicians who are skilled in using evidence based medicine to treat complex disease profiles, while also considering the biological basis of disease within the framework of the patients' social, mental health, and spiritual needs. This is augmented through rigorous training in research methods, and the promotion of qualitative and quantitative research.

 

Through longitudinal training in practice management, our residents are prepared to be successful in a variety of practice settings, and to successfully transition from residency to independent practice. This is augmented by a wellness curriculum that encourages physicians to lead a balanced and healthy life.

 

Our residency training emphasizes:

  • Continuity practice in the ambulatory setting - First year residents average over 2 half-days per week in the Family Health Center.

  • Family Physicians trained by Family Physicians - 75% of the curriculum is taught by family medicine faculty. Our large faculty has a variety of interests and come from a multitude of backgrounds.



  • Excellence - Scholarly efforts are expected to focus on the resident's vision of his/her future practice. This is augmented by an eminent faculty who are widely published and cited.

  • Commitment to the community - Residents become immersed in and learn to serve the community in which we live and practice.

 

Central to our mission is the importance of family and community in the context of patient care. We have a profound belief that social and psychological factors are as important as biomedical factors. Well-trained Family Physicians must be able to communicate well, use the doctor-patient relationship in therapeutic ways, and to understand the overall context of their patients' lives and the healthcare needs of the communities they serve.