The Department of Surgery’s mission is to educate and train surgeons who transform the health of their patients and their communities; to perform practice changing research, and to provide innovative, comprehensive and high-quality clinical care in partnership with UHS and other healthcare partners while fostering diversity and inclusion.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) General Surgery Residency Program is a categorical, non-pyramidal program approved by the ACGME for 9 categorical residents (7 civilian and 2 Air Force) at each year of surgical training, 20 preliminary interns, and 4 preliminary PGY-2 residents. Research is not mandatory, but opportunities are available for those who choose to do 1 or more research years.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduating chief residents are qualified to practice the full spectrum of General Surgery and have adequate operative experience and knowledge to qualify for the certification examination by the American Board of Surgery. Residents achieve clinical proficiency through graduated responsibility commensurate with ability and level of training during 5 years of clinical experience.
In addition to learning clinical surgery, our residents have the opportunity to spend additional years doing clinical and/or basic science research between the clinical PG2 and PG3 years. Research is not mandatory. Residents who choose to do research, have the opportunity to complete 1, 2, or even 3 years of research. During these research years the department sponsors and pays tuition for the research resident to complete a Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) in our NIH-sponsored program.
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General Surgery Residency Program
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7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900
Our residency program has a history of training strong clinical general surgeons prepared for private practice but also highly competitive for fellowship training. We are proud of our residents and this is their general surgery residency program!
Jason Kempenich, M.D.
Program Director, General Surgery Residency