The main medical library at the Health Sciences Center is the Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library. The 93,000 square foot multi-level library boasts a collection of nearly 200,000 book and journal volumes, more than 3,000 media programs and computer software and 2,600 periodical subscriptions. The Library serves not only as the primary resource and repository of information for the learning, research, and health care functions of the Center, but also as a laboratory where students may acquire skills of information processing.
The collection covers the broad range of all health-related science–dentistry, medicine, nursing, and basic sciences. Numerous electronic databases including Pubmed, Ovid, Scopus, CINAHL, RefWorks, UpToDate, and others are available to assist students and researchers. The Learning Resource Center provides study carrels for non-print media review and the screening of tapes from UT Health San Antonio’s Demand Access Television System, which maintains an up-to-date collection of instructional programs.
Laboratory Animal Resources is responsible for the purchase, housing, and health care of animals used within UT Health San Antonio. The veterinary staff provides assistance and consultations to investigators and consultation regarding selection of animal models to be used in the various teaching programs as well as in research. Facilities include areas for animal surgery and x-ray as well as an aseptic laminar-flow housing for approximately 15 species of laboratory animals. Facilities to maintain a primate colony are also available at the Medical School.
In addition, several faculty within the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility collaborate on research projects with scientists at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, an independent research institute located in San Antonio that, along with UT Health San Antonio and the Southwest Research Institute, form the Southwest Research Consortium. The Southwest National Regional Primate Center is located on the Texas Biomed campus.
Computing Services provides support in the area of academic research, statistical/mathematical consulting, database design and programming. These services are overseen primarily by the UT Health Information Management and Services led by our Vice President and Chief Information Officer.
San Antonio is a city rich in history and culture and in 2018 the city celebrated its 300th Anniversary! The city is the seventh most populated in the United States of America and the second most populated city in the state of Texas, with a population of 1,511,946. Over 32 million tourists visit San Antonio each year. The temperate climate and sunny days allow year round outdoor activities. Each year in April, the city celebrates its rich heritage with the cities signature event, Fiesta San Antonio.
San Antonio is known for the Alamo, the River Walk, the Tower of the Americas, the Alamo Bowl, and Marriage Island.
There are many other activities to enjoy in San Antonio and the region: SeaWorld, Aquatica Water Park, Six Flags Over Texas Fiesta Texas, Witte Science Museum, San Antonio Zoo, McNay Art Museum, Briscoe Western Art Museum, Institute of Texas Culture, and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.
San Antonio also features a the world’s first ultra-accessible theme park Morgan’s Wonderland, and companion water park Morgan’s Inspiration Island for guests of all ages and abilities. The city boasts miles of bike trails and outdoors activities. Theater and music offerings also abound in our culturally rich city. Additional activities in the region include Schlitterbahn water park (New Braunfels – consistently rated top tier water park in the US and worldwide) and river tubing.
San Antonio is also located only 2 hours from the Texas gulf coast and Mexico. For racing fans, the Circuit of the Americas is a short drive from San Antonio and features the only site in the United States with Formula One racing (United States Grand Prix) as well as other major racing events and concerts.
San Antonio also home of the five-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs and hosts the annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, one of the largest such events in the country. Our community also hosts mid-level teams for the American Hockey League (San Antonio Rampage), minor league baseball (San Antonio Missions) and United Soccer League (San Antonio FC).
San Antonio also is referred to as “Military City” with the numerous United States Armed Forces facilities (Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base (AFB), Randolph AFB (which constitute Joint Base San Antonio), and Lackland AFB/Wilford Hall Ambulatory Center/Kelly Field Annex, with Camp Bullis and Camp Stanley). San Antonio is home to six Fortune 500 companies.