Hello and welcome to the UT Health San Antonio Department of Anesthesiology website!
My name is Brian Boies, and I am the Residency Program Director for the Department of Anesthesiology. The program in San Antonio is a categorical anesthesiology residency that prides itself on our clinical and educational experience. Our program is four years in duration, which includes a transitional internship where our PGY-1 residents rotate through a multitude of specialties, including general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, medicine, cardiology, and, of course, anesthesiology. Our final month of the PGY-1 year is our “Anesthesiology Boot Camp”, which is designed to provide an intensive clinical exposure paired with salient didactics and cadaver workshops to optimally prepare our incoming CA-1s for the remaining three years of their residency.
The clinical curriculum is designed in such a way to provide a strong basis of knowledge and build upon that with increasing levels of autonomy. Our CA-1s focus on operating room anesthesia, with subspecialties being introduced about halfway through the year. This forms the strong foundation from which to learn the numerous facets of anesthesiology. Our CA-2s become heavily involved in the subspecialties of anesthesiology, from cardiothoracic and obstetric anesthesia to acute and chronic pain and hepatobiliary cases.
The CA-3 year is spent perfecting the art and practice of anesthesiology, with focus on supervision of more junior residents and more advanced cases in the ORs and subspecialties. Our goal is to train excellent clinical anesthesiologists who can excel either in a physician only group or in a supervisory role.
Creating strong physician leaders is a mission of our department. Our innovative, optional Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program, offered through partnership with UTSA, is designed to allow residents with an interest in leadership and business administration to explore that avenue during their residency. The program has been crafted to be completed during the residency program, starting during the CA-2 year and ending in May of the CA-3 year. For those who are not pursing the MBA, we have incorporated a business lecture series into our didactic program to cultivate these skills, although in a less intensive format than the formal Masters degree. Our goal is not only to train excellent anesthesiologists, but also the next leaders of our field.
The Department of Anesthesiology will be interviewing for our 16 PGY-1 positions in the 2021 NRMP match. Please feel free to reach out to me, our education team, or our chief residents with any questions that you may have. Hope to see you (virtually) this interview season!