TRISAT Educational Consortium

Each Trauma Institute of San Antonio (TRISAT) institution sponsors a Critical Care Fellowship program and faculty members from each participant in the TRISAT Critical Care Education Consortium:

The Education Consortium is comprised of a Director, currently Dr. Steven Venticinque, Fellowship Program Directors, and Program Coordinators from the participating UT Health San Antonio and SAUSHEC fellowships.


The mission of the Education Consortium is to provide comprehensive training in all aspects of critical care while ensuring state of the art management of trauma, surgical, transplant and burn critical care patients. This is accomplished through a fully integrated consortium of anesthesia and surgical critical care staff at UT Health San Antonio, San Antonio Military Medical Center, and the US Army Institute of Surgical Research that supports the clinical, research and teaching missions of the Trauma Institute of San Antonio.


The Education Consortium develops and administers components of the integrated schedules and curriculum across the Critical Care Fellowship programs. The goals of the consortium include:

  1. Develop world class surgical and anesthesia intensivists
  2. Provide a wide breadth of knowledge, teaching and clinical experience including across specialties to trainees
  3. Provide a cross spectrum of surgical, trauma, transplant and burn patients with critical illness
  4. Foster an environment of mentorship not only for staff and fellows but between fellows and residents
  5. Provide access to cutting edge medical and surgical practice for the diagnosis and management of patients with critical illness
  6. Provide an environment to participate in and perform basic science, benchtop, and clinical research

Educational Components

The consortium shares the following educational components:

Critical Care Webcast Lecture Series

Formal didactic lectures are presented on a variety of topics on Tuesdays at noon by the critical care faculty and fellows, as well as outside experts. These lectures are presented at one of the individual sites using a web-based platform. Participating sites include UT Health San Antonio/UHS, SAMMC, UT Health (Houston), University of Alabama-Birmingham and Medical University of South Carolina. Individual critical care fellows deliver approximately three lectures each year.

Clinical Experience

TRISAT Fellows complete core rotations in intensive care units in three major hospitals in metro San Antonio:

  • San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC)
  • University Hospital San Antonio
  • Audie L. Murphy Veteran’s Hospital – South Texas Veteran’s Administration


Fellow performance evaluations are captured through New Innovations and synthesized by a joint Clinical Competency Committee.

Reading Compendium

The reading compendium is required reading for all fellows. Available online and on mobile devices via a Dropbox link, the compendium comprehensively covers the issues of hemodynamic instability and complex multisystem problems. The compendium is organized into 12 organ-system based blocks with 10-11 articles per block.