To provide compassionate, state-of-the-art advanced Plastic Surgical clinical care to the citizens of South Texas and the surrounding region.
To provide the best educational experience possible in the art and science of plastic surgery and produce caring, competent, well-educated practitioners of plastic surgery who will contribute and advance the field of plastic surgery.
To provide education in the art and science of plastic surgery to the community-at-large and to the medical students of the UT Health San Antonio Medical School.
To advance the art and science of plastic surgery through scholarly research and development of new ideas within the broad and diverse fields of plastic surgery including:
- wound healing
- reconstructive and microsurgery
- craniomaxillofacial surgery
- aesthetic surgery
UT Health San Antonio is the parent institution and the primary teaching facility for the plastic surgery training program. The Division of Plastic Surgery in the Department of Surgery provides the formal educational program based in the University tradition. The principal goal is to provide a broad-based experience in the principles and practice of plastic surgery. The curriculum is sequenced so that all topics of the plastic surgery core curriculum, as described in the Comprehensive Plastic Surgery Curriculum, are presented in a three-year cycle.
On July 1, 1998, the ACGME and the RRC for Plastic Surgery (composed of representatives of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, and the AAMC Council on Medical Education) granted the UT Health San Antonio Plastic Surgery Residency Training Program provisional accreditation. As the Wilford Hall Medical Center training program in Plastic Surgery closed its doors in 1998, its residents completed their training under the auspices of the UT Health San Antonio, Division of Plastic Surgery. We have now been granted full accreditation status following our ACGME site visit in May 2001.
The length of training is an inclusive three years, an independent model, in which the last 12 months are spent as chief resident. Two residents are selected per year through the plastic surgery match program. All the residents will have fulfilled the basic requirements as set forth by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The prospective applicants are notified, in a letter, of the length of training at the time that they request an application for our program.
The strength of our residency program includes the breadth of training in all subspecialties within plastic surgery, including microvascular reconstruction, craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery, hand surgery, and aesthetic surgery.
Educational Goals and Objectives
The educational goals of the Division of Plastic Surgery at UT Health San Antonio are to encourage residents to embrace the process of self-motivated learning and lifelong education. Mastery of the art and science of plastic surgery is the ultimate goal. This will be accomplished by developing a solid foundation of fundamental plastic surgery principles in the first year of training. This knowledge will be added to an existing infrastructure of sound understanding and practice of basic medical and surgical principles. The Comprehensive Plastic Surgery Curriculum as outlined by the Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery will be utilized as one vehicle for the achievement of these goals. We encourage the development, expansion, and application of these fundamental plastic surgical principles in various clinical situations, for all anatomic regions of the human body, in a logical and ethical manner.
Major Teaching Hospitals
University Hospital and Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital
UT Health San Antonio is the sponsoring institution and the primary teaching facility for the plastic surgery training program. The institution has two major affiliated teaching hospitals, the University Health System Hospital (UH) and the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital (ALMMVH). The faculty members of UT Health San Antonio staff the hospitals. University Hospital is a 715-bed hospital supported by the taxpayers of Bexar County and the city of San Antonio. The ALMMVH is a 450-bed hospital that serves the veterans of South Texas. The full range of plastic surgery is performed at these two hospitals with an emphasis on reconstructive and microsurgery, trauma of the craniomaxillofacial structures and the upper extremity, and surgery for congenital problems of the craniofacial structures and the hand.
The Medical Arts & Research Center
The Medical Arts & Research Center (MARC) is the primary setting for university faculty members to see adult and pediatric patients. The chief resident, second-year resident, and first-year resident may rotate with faculty members in the initial evaluation of patients and discuss and formulate treatment plan options. The MARC has an ambulatory surgical center as well as a minor surgery suite in this clinic, and the residents and faculty together perform various minor outpatient procedures. There is a weekly Plastic Surgery clinic as well as a combined Hand clinic at the Veterans Hospital. It is staffed by the second-year plastic surgery resident with a faculty member in attendance. The resident is responsible for the evaluation, preliminary treatment planning, and coordination of the preoperative workup and scheduling of the patients for the operating room.
Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital
A full range of pediatric plastic surgical procedures can be performed at the largest and oldest children’s hospital in South Texas. Craniofacial surgery, cleft lip and palate surgery, ear reconstruction, skin cancer, and tumor surgery provide a unique experience for the plastic surgery resident.
The South Texas Craniofacial Team is the region’s largest interdisciplinary network of physicians and health professionals dedicated to the complete care of the patient with clefting and craniofacial anomalies. Under the direction of Peter Wang, DMD, M.D., the team is responsible for the continuing care of many patients from birth through the late teen years. Interdisciplinary conferences are held, and the resident is responsible for the initial workup and continuing care of these patients under the direction of faculty.
Methodist Hospital offers a myriad of microsurgery, aesthetics, pediatrics and general reconstruction surgery. The rotation has an excellent core of Plastic Surgeons to train residents and provide the best opportunity for progression of responsibility.