Military General Surgery Training

United States Air Force General Surgery Training

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) General Surgery Residency Program is one of a few programs in the United States that is designated as a United States Air Force (USAF) surgery training institution. Our program is approved for 9 categorical residents per year of training. Seven of these residents are matched through the civilian NRMP match and two are Air Force residents matched through the military match process, which occurs in November.  This has numerous benefits for both the civilian and military residents which include the opportunity to learn the art and science of Surgery in a wide variety of clinical settings.

Air Force residents are enrolled in a 6-year program which includes 5 clinical years and 1 research year which is completed after the PGY2 clinical year. Air Force residents are considered active duty and training years count toward the total service time. Medical school years are paid back concurrently during residency training. Years of service for residency training are paid back on active duty upon completion (excluding PGY1 year) i.e. 4 year HPSP scholarship recipient who matches with us would owe 5 years of payback to the USAF on active duty.

If you are interested in applying to our program, please send your contact information to by August 15. We will reach out to you to request required documentation such as your CV. We will be offering virtual interviews for all Air Force applicants in September.

Please contact the residency office if you are a United States Air Force HPSP scholarship recipient or a student at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences for more information.