HOST Program (Help Our Students Travel)
The School of Medicine Alumni Association offers an exciting program to assist current students and residents that are exploring residency options. The HOST Program is designed to reduce students’ expenses and connect alumni and students throughout the country.
Alumni Respond in a Big Way to Call for HOSTs
This fall, more than a dozen alumni from Honolulu, HI to Portland, ME have hosted fourth-year students traveling for their residency interviews. The HOST Program (Help Our Students Travel) is one of the ways alumni around the country can support the mission of the Alumni Association. Alumni HOSTs assist students in several ways, lodging them in their homes, answering student questions have about their cities and local residency programs, and introducing students to medical contacts in their communities.
A Win-Win Proposition
The HOST Program allows medical students and alumni to interact in mutually beneficial ways. Students can save money by staying in the homes or apartments of alumni as well as gain valuable insights about the residency programs and cities where they’re interviewing.
Alumni get the inside scoop about what’s going on at their alma mater as well as the satisfaction of knowing they’ve helped alleviate the financial and travel-related stress for students who are about to embark upon the second stage of their medical career—the residency program.
What Alumni and Students Are Saying About the HOST Program
“My weekend in Chicago was awesome, thanks in large part to Dr. Beth Teegarden . She was a wonderful host and I'm proud to now count her as a friend. Her place is beautiful and right in the heart of Chicago. It was within walking distance or any easy hop on the 'L' train to pretty much anywhere in the city. Staying with an alum is definitely the best way to experience a city. Thanks to Beth, I had inside tips on what sites/attractions were worth my time and which could be avoided. Chicago is a beautiful American city full of friendly people and my favorite part was the classic Chicago food. Beth keyed me into deep dish pizza from Lou Malnadi's, Al's Italian beef, and Portillo's hot dogs: all of which deserve their legendary status. All in all I had a very comfortable stay and a lot of fun in Chicago. Thanks for everything!" - Matt Jackson ’12, Class President
“My first HOST experience was incredible – Dr. and Mrs. Aguayo were unbelievably accommodating and kind, and went out of their way to ensure my stay in Kansas City was comfortable, my questions about the program were answered, and I got the full-picture of life as a resident there, regarding the city, the program, and family life. Mrs. Aguayo even contacted her family in El Paso to investigate possible hosting during my stay there!” - Jessica Koller ’12
“It was great to host Jessica Koller during her trip to Greenville to interview at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine. She is a student the School of Medicine in San Antonio should be very proud of.”
- Dr. Charles Phillips ’83, Greenville, North Carolina
“Dr. Boulware was a wonderful host and did a great job making me feel comfortable and rested before my interview at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven.”
- Erin Wait ’14
If you are interested in serving as an alumni HOST for medical students, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Can Alumni Participate?
Alumni, representing a variety of specialties across the nation, have volunteered to assist students and residents. Assistance provided may be in the form of lodging, travel arrangements or discussion about the location and/or area of specialty. Some alumni may be available to introduce students to contacts within their community.
2010 Class President Payal Patel Travels to Boston
Dr. Valerie Pronio-Stelluto ’90, president-elect of the Alumni Association, recently hosted 2010 Class President Payal Patel on her trip to interview for a residency program at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. After Valerie picked up Payal at Logan Airport on Saturday, they went to meet some of the current residents in the program. They also found time to sample some of the local arts and culture, including:
- Visiting the "Secrets of the Tomb: Egypt 2000 BC" exhibit at the Fine Arts Museum
- Eating lunch at the famous Cheers Boston
- Attending the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas concert before freezing in the snow to catch a taxi to the Harvard Medical School Second Year Show - where "Paul Farmer and Jim Kim" (played by HMS students) were the stars of the show
These are but a few of the activities the intrepid tandem undertook. After Payal completed her interviews at Mount Auburn, she traveled to interviews at Dartmouth, Brown, and the University of Massachusetts.
Are you exploring residency options or have an interest in becoming a host? Contact the School of Medicine Alumni Office for information:
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio – HOST Program
School of Medicine Alumni Office
7703 Floyd Curl Drive, MSC 7790
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900
(210) 567-0614, (210) 567-0855 fax
We encourage all alumni, current students and residents of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine to take advantage of this program!