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 (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.
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.
The Johnson Center for Surgical Innovation is a state-of-the-art simulation center available to all surgical residents 24x7x365.