The Military Health Institute will address the health challenges faced by our returning service members and their families. It will serve as a nexus for initiatives related to military needs and promote collaboration across our five UT Health Science Center schools, in addition to encouraging partnerships between the UT Health Science Center and its local and national military colleagues. The aim is that expansion of all aspects of our military relationships will lead to new opportunities that benefit the community and the military and serve as an important catalyst to mobilize our integrated missions and collective resources in shared medical education programs, mutually reinforcing research initiatives and clinical care delivery.
Education Partners: A structured training ground for military and civilian medical students, residents and interns.
- The San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC) is the San Antonio arm for military graduate medical education. It serves as the organization for physician specialty training across all branches of the military.
- The Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital is a designated teaching hospital affiliated with the UT Health Science Center education programs. The Hospital funds more than 200 of the nearly 750 residents enrolled at the UT Health Science Center.
- In the 2013-2014 academic year, the UT Health Science Center had an enrollment of over 3,150 students and 1,021 residents and post-graduate trainees. We graduated 231 doctors, 293 nurses, 166 dentists, 161 allied health professionals and 60 scientists.
Research Partners: The body of knowledge that supports the complex health needs of our service men and women.
- The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR), located at Fort Sam Houston in the San Antonio Military Medical Center complex, is the only Defense Department research facility focused on traumatic injury. It includes laboratory, translational and clinical research capabilities.
- The Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital is a Level II Research facility with research projects in aging, cardiac surgery, cancer, diabetes and HIV. The facility has one of three National Institutes of Health sponsored clinical research centers in the Veterans Administration system.
- The UT Health Science Center is the leading academic health science center and research university in the South Texas region. With more than $165 million in sponsored program funding, including research support from the National Institutes of Health and other federal funding, the university’s research portfolio builds on a foundation of major research areas highlighted by the following military collaborations:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Polytrauma and Traumatic Brain Injury
- Pain Management
- Trauma Surgery
- Regenerative Medicine
- Cardiovascular disease
- Environmental biology
The military and the UT Health Science Center are natural partners. The Health Science Center brings a breadth and depth in basic science expertise and military research is more clinically oriented. If biomedical research advances are made in military medicine that have applications to the civilian sector, the potential exists for the university to institute those changes more quickly than other institutions because of our unique infrastructure.
Clinical Care Partners: Innovative models and best practices in patient care.
- SAMHS is responsible for the health care of 230,000 Department of Defense (DoD) beneficiaries in this region as well as specialty care for the entire DoD system.
- South Texas Veterans Health Care System provides services to more than 100,000 veterans which includes approximately 1.3 million outpatient visits each year.
- The UT Health Science Center is home to UT Medicine, the largest medical practice in Central and South Texas, with 1.2 million patient visits each year through 700 providers in 100 medical specialties and subspecialties.
- UT Medicine accepts Tricare insurance and has served more than 2,500 Tricare patients with 13,300 unique patient encounters in the past year.
- The Cancer Therapy & Research Center at the UT Health Science Center is one of only four National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers in Texas and only such center in South Texas.