Residents

Over the past 20 years (1997-2017), < 300 residents have completed the residency program. On average 35% have pursued fellowship training in a variety of sub-specialties. 65% have entered the practice of general pediatrics, either in an outpatient setting or as hospitalists. The majority of those graduates entering general pediatric practice remained in Texas. Chief of Residents is selected annually from the graduating class to join the department as a faculty and chief liaison to trainees.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Department of Pediatrics Residency Program has been an accredited Pediatric Residency since 1955.

Application Information

Applications are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).

Interviews will be begin in October. Applicants who are selected to interview will be notified via ERAS.

We encourage applications from individuals who have completed their education at other centers. Selection is based on academic performance, recommendations, interviews, and past life experiences. A personal interview is required for completion of an application.

Applications will not be accepted from individuals who are more than one year past medical school graduation unless the intervening time has been spent in an ACGME accredited residency program, in military service with the United States Armed Forces, or in medical practice in the United States.

Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS)

MyERAS is the website where applicants complete their MyERAS Application, select programs to apply to, and assign documents to be received by programs.

ERAS Website

National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)

The purpose of the Main Residency Match is to provide a uniform time for both applicants and programs to make their training selections without pressure.

More Info About The Match

Salary & Benefits

Leave/Time Off

Vacation three weeks per year

Sick Leave - up to 10 days with pay per year, carry over allowed

Maternity/Paternity Leave - up to 12 weeks of leave per pregnancy

Other Leave - leave for professional meetings, employment interviews, etc.

 

Fees Paid

American Academy of Pediatrics Junior Fellowship Membership

Texas Pediatric Society Membership Fee

Resident License Fee

Pediatric Advanced Life Support Course - PALS

Neonatal Advanced Life Support Course - NRP

 

Required Documents

Resident Support

The Pediatric Residency Program has a multi-layered approach to monitoring resident stress and providing counseling and support services to residents. Each resident has a faculty advisor with whom he/she is expected to meet with three times per year.  The faculty advisors and program director maintain an "open door" policy, encouraging residents to share personal or programmatic concerns on an ad hoc basis. The majority of stressful situations in which the faculty advisors and/or program director have had to intervene have been personal rather than programmatic. Full psychological and psychiatric counseling is available to all residents and is covered under the resident’s health benefits. The program has been successful in dealing with the issue of financial stress to the extent that, with programmatic support, a number of residents have been able to secure AAP resident financial scholarships.  The program is currently working to produce a Resident Wellness Curriculum that includes modules on stress reduction, work-life balance, healthy eating choices and mental health.

There are also institutional supports for the residents such as The house staff Council whose mission is to improve patient care and graduate medical education by facilitating communication between the residents, the university, the hospitals and our community. The House Staff Council is a representative organization serving the residents and fellows at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The council is made up of four officers and representatives from each department. Pediatric residents have served the past two years as officers on this council. The council interacts with the faculty through the Working Environment subcommittee of the Graduate Medical Education Committee with many important issues being handled here including those involving, on-call meals, call room and work space requirements and resident safety in and around our facilities. 

 

Research

The Department of Pediatrics has substantial on-going research activities in General and Community Pediatrics, Neonatology, Critical Care, and the sub-specialties. A variety of faculty research role models are available for the house staff within the Department of Pediatrics and in other Health Science Center Departments.

All residents are supported in their requirement of completing a Quality Improvement (QI) project over their 3 years with the program.

All residents have the opportunity to participate in basic and clinical research during their three years of training. Residents following an Individualized Resident Track for future sub-specialty training are required to complete scholarly projects during their three years in the program. A listing of all faculty and their research interests are provided to residents along with a longitudinal curriculum on the research process. Over the past year, 50% of our residents have produced a scholarly project which has been published, presented in a poster format or presented at a national conference including the annual Pediatric Academic Societies meeting. Residents have the opportunity to attend the annual departmental research day during which both faculty and residents present summaries of their research activities over the past year.

For those residents pursing a general pediatric practice or a hospitalist position, additional quality improvement projects or community advocacy project opportunities prevail. All house staff are required to complete the IHI "open school" modules on these topics.