Residency Tracks and Additional Opportunities

Discover the track and opportunities programs available to Emergency Medicine Residents at UT Health San Antonio. Through this program, residents gain hands-on experiences in emergency medical care scenarios.


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.

Residency requirements

Global Health

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.

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Wilderness and Survival Medicine

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.


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.

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For more information, contact:

Melissa A. Villanueva, Program Coordinator-Senior
Phone: 210-567-4621 | Email:


UT Health San Antonio Emergency Medicine
Attn: Melissa A. Villanueva
EM Residency
7703 Floyd Curl Drive MC7736
San Antonio TX 78229-3900

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