The two major residents’ clinics are the UT Health San Antonio Ophthalmology Clinic at the University Center for Community Health (UCCH) located on S. Zarzamora Street, and the Ophthalmology Clinic of the Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital (STVHCS), located on Datapoint Drive. Combined clinical activity is well over 20,000 annual patient visits. Our resident consult service receives referrals from the VA Hospital and University Hospital’s in-patient services and emergency department; over 1000 initial consults are seen annually.
There are a wide variety of surgical experiences, with residents exceeding required minimum procedure numbers. During subspecialty rotations, the residents will spend some time in the faculty’s clinics at UT Health San Antonio Ophthalmology located at the Medical Arts and Research Center (MARC) on Floyd Curl Drive. Refractive surgical experience is included on the cornea rotation during Year Three at the Joint Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center at Wilford Hall Medical Center (located at Lackland Air Force Base). In addition, some rotations include time with community faculty. On those rotations, the resident will be at their private offices and may go to one of our other affiliated hospitals for surgery. Most offices and hospitals are within the Medical Center area in northwest San Antonio.
Pathology and basic science research laboratories, as well as the administrative offices of the Department of Ophthalmology, are in the McDermott Building, and our Lions Low Vision Center is in the Research Administration Building, both located in the Medical Center’s Greehey Campus, about two blocks northwest of the medical school and University Hospital.
The resident will need to meet the requirements for a base pass in order to be admitted to Lackland Air Force Base in order to participate in all parts of the residency program. While this is subject to change, as of 2017, some of the critical learning experiences at Lackland Air Force Base include: refractive surgery and simulated surgery and well as other educational activities.