Residency Life

Once again, thank you for taking the time to visit UT Health San Antonio’s Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery website.  We hope that you were able to get a feel for what we are about from a patient care and resident training perspective.  We would like to dedicate this section to what life in San Antonio, Texas is life for the resident.


History, Tradition, and Growth

San Antonio Alamo imageSan Antonio is a historic city, home to the Alamo, that has a lot of culture and tradition.  Among these is the ten day Fiesta San Antonio, our signature event commemorating the Battle of the Alamo, which has been held since 1891.  We are also home to the River Walk, a beautiful world-renowned 15-mile urban waterway.  You’d be surprised to find the variety of flora and flourishing bird populations in this urban oasis.  Furthermore, while being the 7th largest city in the United States (2nd in Texas), there is continued growth and development exemplified by its population growth ranked second largest in the nation (2018 and 2019 U.S. Census Bureau).



The PearlSan Antonio Pearl district image is 22-acre modern space located in downtown San Antonio that is home to the Texas campus of the Culinary Institute of America, along with various shops and restaurants.  Outdoor life is another strength of San Antonio, providing several local and state parks, hikes, and bike trails.  San Antonio is also the home to the 5-time NBA Champion San Antonio SpursAustin, Houston, Corpus Christi / North Padre Island , and Port Aransas are all short trips away that can be taken in a day or a long weekend.


Affordable Cost of Living

The cost of living in San Antonio is very affordable with median home price of $175,400 as of 2020.  San Antonio is also headquarters of H-E-B, which was rated Best Supermarket in America by Food & Wine Magazine.  Most of our residents own their home, rather than rent, which allows for a good financial foundation that would not be possible in more expensive cities.


More Information

Here are some more links about San Antonio that you might enjoy.