New emergency medicine residency announced
Contact: Catherine Duncan, 210-567-2570
The School of Medicine of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio recently received formal notice of the approval of an emergency medicine residency program from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The ACGME is responsible for the accreditation of post-M.D. medical training programs within the United States.
This is the first civilian emergency medicine residency program in South Texas. The Center for Emergency Medicine (formerly known as the Division of Emergency Medicine) in the university’s School of Medicine, has partnered with the University Health System (UHS) for this new residency program.
University Hospital — San Antonio’s largest emergency center and the leading civilian Level I trauma center for the 22-county region of South/Central Texas — will be the chief training site for the residency program. Pediatric emergency and community emergency training sites are projected with community partners, including the Methodist Healthcare System and Baptist Health System.
Shortage of emergency medicine physicians
Bruce Adams, M.D., director of the Center for Emergency Medicine and a physician with UT Medicine San Antonio, said this program is crucial because the shortage of emergency doctors in the United States is especially acute in South Texas. UT Medicine is the clinical practice of the School of Medicine.
“The demand on emergency rooms in the region is increasing rapidly and is twice the national growth rate. The number of patient visits has increased by 32 percent in the last decade,” Dr. Adams said. “Establishing an emergency medicine residency program will dramatically improve the quality and accessibility of emergency and acute health care for the South Texas region.”
Few physicians choosing specialty
UT Medicine San Antonio's Justin Williams, M.D., associate director of the Center for Emergency Medicine, said there is an extreme shortage of emergency physicians in the San Antonio and the South Texas area.
“The majority of graduating residents will ultimately practice medicine near their training program. Establishing an emergency medicine residency program in San Antonio will steadily improve the number of emergency physicians who remain in South Texas,” Dr. Williams said.
Program begins in July 2013
The first 10 residents will begin the rigorous three-year program on July 1, 2013, and will graduate in July 2016. Ten new residents will begin the program each year until the residency reaches its final complement of 30 young doctors.
For more information about the emergency medicine residency, please contact Peggy Herring, academic coordinator, 567-1183.
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