Tracks and Opportunities

Our residency program provides an ultrasound core curriculum that satisfies the training requirements set forth in the ACEP Emergency Ultrasound Guidelines. In addition to the required rotations, residents have ample opportunity and resources to refine their sonography skills.

Ultrasound Rotation

The Wilderness Medicine Resident track offers a longitudinal curriculum for emergency medicine residents who wish to develop the knowledge and skills to safely practice medicine in the backcountry. Residents will receive Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) training and certification, as well as credit towards becoming a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM). Opportunities for backcountry, search and rescue (SAR), and prehospital experiences will enhance the resident’s emergency medicine training. Completion of track requirements will also fulfill emergency medicine residency requirements for scholarly projects.

Wilderness Medicine

Residents will have an ongoing experience with EMS throughout their residency and will learn about EMS through multiple avenues including:

  • EMS Grand Rounds, online training, and simulation
  • Ride-alongs with San Antonio Fire Department EMS and other area agencies.
  • Opportunities to experience an active prehospital critical care air medical service with AirLife.
  • Participation in prehospital education and training, regional and statewide disaster planning and implementation, and exposure to agencies that coordinate local, regional, and statewide EMS activity.
  • An optional three-year longitudinal advanced EMS track for Emergency Medicine residents interested in fellowships and those interested in gaining a better overall understanding of local and regional emergency response.

Our graduates will have a satisfactory understanding of prehospital care and the impact of EMS activity as it integrates into the overall healthcare system.

EMS and Pre-Hospital Medicine

Providing international experiences for residents, students, and faculty to learn how to make sustainable changes and advance emergency care in resource-limited environments. We focus on training and system development.

Global health equity is what we do every day with our patient population. In San Antonio we have a refugee clinic where we offer a weekly free clinic for refugees who have come here from all around the world.

We’ve also helped to create a dedicated quarterly health education seminar for resident preparation in global health. Residents from all specialties are invited to participate. Participation has advanced collaboration with global health initiatives, and is highly encouraged for residents completing the Global Health track.

Global Health in Practice

The Toxicology & Poison Center rotation will teach you fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate and treat adult and pediatric patients experiencing a wide range of poisonings, overdoses, envenomations, and toxicological exposures. Through interactive didactics/presentations, poison center cases, focused board-type questions, journal club articles, national webinars, and daily discussions with medical toxicologists, you will develop the ability and confidence to diagnose and manage both routine and critically ill toxicology patients. You will learn about environmental and occupational toxicology, terrorist weapons of mass destruction, the opioid epidemic, the major drug classes, relevant antidotes, and supportive care. Armed with this knowledge and experience, you will eagerly anticipate managing the toxicology patient on your next shift!

The Emergency Critical Care track has been created to provide Emergency Medicine Residents with experience in critical care above and beyond the required EM residency training.  This track is suited for residents interested in pursuing a Critical Care Fellowship post-residency or are just genuinely interested in Critical Care and want additional experience and education in caring for critically-ill patients.

This track enables residents to get a sense of all the different aspects of medical education, including learning strategies for teaching, evaluation and mentorship.  Develop a better understanding of the administrative operational side of Medical Education through the following: attending meetings at the departmental and institutional levels for graduate medical education, participating in undergraduate and graduate medical education teaching, participating in program evaluation and operations, and contributing to academic literature through writing.

Contact Us

Melissa A. Villanueva
Program Coordinator-Senior
Department of Emergency Medicine
Phone: (210) 567-4621