We are a program that is dedicated to service and health equity. We are about providing great medical care in whatever environment we may find ourselves to those in great need. We believe in training in low-resource settings, so that you will be able to provide excellent care in challenging environments. We are a global city and work very hard to prepare you to work wherever you find yourself whether it’s San Antonio, South Texas, or across the world. We consider it a privilege to live and work in our multicultural city with its large refugee population that allows us to practice global medicine each and every day.

Our 27 fellowship-trained physician faculty members take an active role in teaching. These faculty bring a wealth of expertise to their clinical, academic, and research activities including:

  • Ultrasound
  • Global Health
  • Disaster Medicine
  • EMS
  • Tropical Medicine
  • Pediatric EM
  • Administration
  • Simulation
  • Medical Education
  • Critical Care
  • Toxicology


All resident applicants must place an application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  Applications open for program review on September 1st for the 2023-2024 application cycle. (See the full ERAS timeline here.) Selected applicants will be notified via email and will be asked to choose one interview date from a list of dates, which are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, interviews will be conducted virtually for the 2023-2024 application cycle using Zoom.

The 2023-2024 Interview Dates are:   November 7, November 14, November 28,  December 5, December 12,  December 19 and January 9

Our residents meet with candidates in a pre-interview dinner via zoom.

Application Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (“The Dean’s Letter”)
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • USMLE Transcript and Exam History
  • At least one, and preferably 2 Standard Letter(s) of Evaluation (“The SLOE”)
  • ECFMG status (for international medical graduates)
  • Personal Statement

All applicants must be eligible for physicians in training permit or licensure by the Texas Medical Board and must clear a screening process to ensure that they are not listed by a federal agency as excluded, suspended, or otherwise ineligible for participation in federal programs. The Health Science Center will perform the screening for you at no cost.

Interviews will be conducted in November, December and January of each year.

For details on United States Medical Licensure Examination (USMLE) Guideline, review USMLE Requirements.

For more information please contact our Residency Coordinator.

Resident Eligibility

As per ACGME Institutional Requirements, applicants for residency training at UT Health San Antonio must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Graduate of medical school in the U.S. and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • Graduate of an international medical school, meeting one of the following qualifications:
    • Have a currently valid ECFMG certificate
    • Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction.
    • Graduate of international medical school who has completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.

All first year residency positions (PGY-1) should be offered through the National Residency Matching Program. When programs do not fill through the match, residents may subsequently be appointed to unfilled positions from the pool of unmatched students, or other sources, as long as they meet institutional standards.

All resident applicants must be subjected to a Security Background Check (please see specific policy) before beginning residency training. Any individuals listed by a federal agency as excluded, suspended, or otherwise ineligible for participation in federal programs (Institutional Compliance Agreement p.6 of 18) are ineligible for residency or fellowship at UT Health San Antonio.

The non-citizen resident must have permanent resident status, J-1 visa, or approved H-1B visa for medical residency position at the UT Health San Antonio (please refer to the visas policy).

Resident Selection and Appointment

It is the policy of the UT Health San Antonio and its affiliated hospitals to sustain resident selection processes that are free from impermissible discrimination. In compliance with all federal and state laws and regulations, the University of Texas System Policy , and Institutional Policy, no person shall be subject to discrimination in the process of resident selection on the basis of gender, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Residency programs’ resident selection committees rank candidates on the basis of the group’s assessment of the individual’s potential contributions in that particular specialty of medicine. These judgments are based on the applicant’s academic performance, the assessment of their faculty as reflected in letters of recommendation, and personal qualities evaluated during the interview process conducted by faculty and resident representatives, including motivation, integrity, and communication skills.

In addition to the guidelines above, the TSBME mandates a postgraduate resident permit for all residents entering Texas programs. These rules essentially make it necessary for the resident to demonstrate that he/she will be eligible for permanent licensure in Texas. Residents are expected to be familiar with the relevant regulations at http://www.tmb.state.tx.us/page/pit-overview.

Contact Us

Melissa A. Villanueva, BA, C-TAGME
Program Coordinator-Senior
Department of Emergency Medicine
Phone: (210) 567-4621
Email: villanuevam5@uthscsa.edu

or at EMresidencyprog@uthscsa.edu

Message from our Program Director, Dr. Christopher Gelabert

About San Antonio

San Antonio is a modern, vibrant city, rich in heritage with colorful personality forged across three centuries. Its unique mixture of native Mexican, German and Spanish influence is noticeable in the city’s distinctive architecture, music, arts, and cuisine.

About San Antonio

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"I chose UT San Antonio for 2 reasons. First, academics. We are trained at a level 1 adult and pediatric trauma institution with all specialties/fellowships available to learn from and at a county hospital where our patient population is very sick, procedures are many, and patients are grateful for our care. Structured didactics with ACEP level lectures, free Rosh Review, and faculty that go above and beyond on and off shift is a huge plus! Second, the people. The residents and faculty cared so much for each other - they will advocate for you, support you in times of hardship and joy, and truly care about the well-being of all. I chose this program because I wanted to go a program that trained me to be the best emergency medicine physician that I could be and I wanted to be in a fun and supportive environment while I did it! ." Ratna Malkan, PGY-3 Resident