The program was granted accreditation by the ACGME effective July 1, 1998, closely following the guidelines and requirements of the ACGME and the requirement in place for graduate medical education at UT Health San Antonio. There are currently 11 staff neonatologists at UT Health San Antonio and an additional 5 neonatologists at our affiliated teaching institution, San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC). All of our teaching hospitals have a full range of pediatric, surgical and obstetrical subspecialists on faculty. Graduates from our program will acquire the necessary skills during their training to practice as both clinical and academic neonatologists. Clinical and laboratory research experience is required to foster development as physician-scientists, encouraging graduates to carry on future independent research in the area of perinatal medicine.
The goal of this fellowship program is to provide trainees with the background to understand the physiology and altered structure and function of the fetus and the neonate, and to diagnose and manage problems of the neonate using both basic and advanced techniques. The UT Health San Antonio Neonatal-Perinatal Residency Program takes seriously the mandate to systematically and comprehensively integrate competency-based educational processes into the curriculum.
Training will be accomplished within a framework which emphasizes the six competencies of the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME):
- Patient care
- Medical knowledge
- Practice-based learning and improvement
- Interpersonal and communication skills
- Systems-based practice
Attainment of this goal will result in the development of fully qualified, clinically competent neonatologists who are eligible for the board certification by the American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-board in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.