Family Medicine Residency Program

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Excellence in Clinical Care and Education

We are a community based, unopposed program in San Antonio, Texas. We match 9 residents per year, for a total of 27 residents in the program. Our program has a longstanding reputation for graduating residents comfortable and competent in full scope family medicine and we take pride in upholding our vision statement: The CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program strives to be the premier program with the courage to foster the consummate Family Physician by modeling excellence in an atmosphere of professionalism, lifelong learning, and integrity.

NCQA Level 3 Certification

Thanks to our visionary, progressive faculty, we were the first clinic in South Texas to receive NCQA Level 3 certification as a Patient-Centered Medical Home, and we have been accredited as such since 2011. For questions about our application process, click on the button below. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to rotate at your program in order to match into it? 

The short answer is, No.”  However, if you are very interested in our program, we definitely recommend it. Rotating with us  will allow you to witness the supportive, learning atmosphere our faculty have created, the family environment that exists here and the standard of excellence to which every member helps keeps the other accountable.  We pride ourselves on our strong work ethic, dedication to patients and wonderful working relationships with each other.  Plus, we are a lot of fun!

How many residents are in each class?  

Our program matches nine residents in each PGY class.

What are the inpatient rotations like? 

Our program puts residents through extensive inpatient and intensive care training.  Our graduates do all sorts of things across the spectrum of family medicine, including hospitalist medicine without requiring fellowship training.  For details on the family medicine inpatient service, please see the above question and its response. 

What do the residents do for fun?  

We love hanging out with each other!  Many people don’t realize that San Antonio is the seventh largest city in the US, and because of this, there is never a scarcity of things to do.  Our hobbies are about as diverse as our residents.  We enjoy get-togethers on the weekends to explore the restaurant, bar and music scene in the Stone Oak, Pearl Brewery or Southtown areas.  San Antonio is a great city for foodies (this statement endorsed by a faculty from San Francisco and resident from Chicago).  Fredericksburg and the Hill Country are about 1 hour away and are host to the largest vineyards and wineries in the US outside of Napa.  Cooking classes at the Culinary Institute of America are fun while many parks in San Antonio provide close access to hiking, kayaking,  running, or leisurely floating down the Comal or Guadalupe Rivers.  Several residents have season passes to SeaWorld and the wonderful San Antonio Zoo.  Several world class golf courses and museums throughout SA also keep us entertained.  Many residents enjoy worshiping on the weekends at a variety of churches. 

What is the best thing about CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Medicine? 

The answer to this truly depends upon who you ask. Many of us feel the people really make this program what it is. Many medical students who work with us eventually become our residents because they are impressed by how intelligent and passionate our faculty and residents are. The program’s commitment to excellence is what helps foster our learning and working environment. Others love serving the San Antonio population which includes many Spanish-speaking patients and is, overall, as diverse as any other large city in the United States. Here, we practice family medicine the way it was meant to be practiced. Prospective residents love that we offer a full scope training program in a personable setting, as we only accept nine residents in each class.

What is the intern year like?  

We are a completely unopposed, full scope program.  Therefore, interns rotate with his/her fellow residents or alone with attendings on all rotations.  There are 6 total inpatient months during the first year.  Four of these are on the family medicine inpatient service(includes adult medicine, ICU, newborns)  and two are on the pediatric wards.  In response to resident feedback, our program changed the inpatient schedule in 2012 to make sure everyone has plenty of rest.  Checkout is at 6am and 6pm.  You will check out to the night float team.  

The learning opportunities are tremendous at our hospital as we see a wide variety of patients from all demographics-uninsured, underserved, refugees, better-insured,etc.  Our ER is one of the top five busiest ERs among private hospitals in Texas.  We have an “open” ICU, in which we remain the primary team for any of our patients that are admitted or tranferred to the ICU.  We receive excellent training from our upper level residents, attendings and our pulmonologist and intensive care attending, Dr Henderson.  

We perform the majority of the procedures needed for our patients, including central line, arterial line and chest tube placement, rapid sequence intubation, mechanical ventilator changes, joint aspiration, I&D, thoracentesis, EMB, paracentesis and circumcisions among others.  We attend ALL code blues in the hospital. Interns are never alone on Night Float as third year residents are paired with each intern.  

The inpatient months are spaced out well among lighter, outpatient rotations and “vacation blocks.”  The three vacation-eligible blocks during intern year are Surgery, Gynecology and Orthopedics during which you may take one full week vacation at a time for three total weeks throughout the year.  

There are two OB months in which interns work with second year residents on Labor and Delivery.  Our hospital regularly has 100+ deliveries each month, and we are fortunate that all of the private obstetricians allow us to work with them and help care for their patients while in the hospital.  Interns deliver LOTS of babies and begin assisting on C-sections during the first week of the block.  Depending on one’s interest, there is ample opportunity to gain experience as the primary surgeon on C-sections. 

Interns are given a relatively small continuity clinic panel and usually have 1 half day of clinic weekly.   The panel and the number of weekly clinics increase throughout the 3 years of training as the number of inpatient rotations each year decrease.  Interns are able to care for continuity OB patients after they have at least begun their first OB block.

In what part of town do most residents live?  

Below are the most popular areas: 

Westover Hills right near the hospital. It’s an up and coming part of town with lots of growth and affordable living opportunities.

Downtown/Southtown - for the residents who enjoy urban living. There are tons of restaurants, cultural activities, and outdoor options for all types.

Medical Center - near the medical school and several hospitals. It is a short drive to our campus and has many living options. 

Check out the link to see which parts of town most residents currently live: Resident Homes Map 

Where is San Antonio in relation to other cities in Texas? 

San Antonio is about one hour south of Austin and nearly three hours west from Houston.  Both cities are reached on easy commutes via the interstate highways.  San Antonio is the last “big” city before entering South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley.  South Padre Island is about four and a half hours south from San Antonio.  The beaches and fishing of Port Aransas are two and a half hours southeast from San Antonio.

Global Program Information

Location of Programs 

Each year, two residents along with 1-2 faculty members travel to Oaxaca, Mexico for an integrative medical mission trip with Los Quijotes of San Antonio. The entire group includes Nursing, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Physical Therapy, Optometry, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, and Pharmacy. Residents not only have the opportunity to provide clinical care to patients but also are involved in the education of medical students from Mexico as well as patient education.

Residents also have the opportunity to select a location of interest and create an elective based on their personal goals. Residents have chosen to do this in Vietnam, Kijabe, Kenya, and Ecuador as well as the Texas-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley.

Cost and Involvement 

Cost to individual residents: Varies by rotation elective. Partial and complete funding is available for most rotations.

Number of residents participating in the past two years: Averages 2 annually

Faculty involvement: All rotation sites have on-site physician supervision. Residency faculty participate in several of the rotation trips.

Does the program accept medical students for trips? Yes

Does the program accept residents from outside the program for trips? Yes

Description of Field Experiences 

Participating residents elect a 1- to 4-week rotation at one of the rotation sites during their second and/or third year of residency. In addition to performing clinic duties at the sites, residents participate in online course modules and discussion sessions with a faculty preceptor and complete a pre-travel needs assessment, an onsite project, and a debriefing program at the residency upon return.

Descriptions of Didactics 

All residents participate in the basic lecture curriculum. Those participating in the second program component receive additional reading material, participate in online courses and meet with faculty mentors.