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Clinical Training Sites


South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS): The Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital, the Kerrville VA Medical Center and the Frank Tejeda VA Outpatient Clinic are teaching sites for fellows within the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. The STVHCS is an integrated health care system comprising two hospitals, two skilled nursing facilities and both hospital-based and community-based outpatient clinics. The STVHCS serves 41 counties in south Texas and provides over 150, 000 outpatient visits per year. Over 60% of the patients served by the STVHSC are members of minority groups (75% Hispanic; 25% African American). The Geriatric and Extended Care (GEC) programs include acute care, ambulatory care, combined Geriatrics and Palliative care consultation service, home care, adult day health care, hospice care, respite care and dental care.


University Health System (UHS): The University Health System serves Bexar County and South Texas. Approximately 33% of the patients served are > 60 years of age. 75% are of minority ethnic status, predominantly Hispanic. The UHS consists of University Hospital (UH), an academic tertiary care center, University Health Center Downtown, the primary ambulatory care facility for UTHSCSA, and multiple satellite clinics.


UT Medicine Pain Management Clinic: The Pain Medicine program of is a comprehensive research, clinical, and education program committed to the evaluation and treatment of the entire range of pain, disability, and rehabilitation problems. Fellows will participate in an interdisciplinary team of health professionals who work to reduce pain, improve functional status, and enhance physical and mental well-being of patients.


University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio serves San Antonio and the 50,000 square-mile area of South Texas. It extends to campuses in the metropolitan border communities of Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley. More than 2,700 medical students a year train in an environment that involves more than 100 affiliated hospitals, clinics and health care facilities in South Texas.


ChristusVNA Hospice: CHRISTUS VNA Hospice was founded in 1987 by sister Mary Brian Sherry. Over the years, the program has evolved into a hospice and palliative care organization. Now known as CHRISTUS VNA Hospice the program joins the hospital in implementing an adult and pediatric palliative care continuum. It's San Antonio's only not-for-profit hospice program.


VITAS Innovative Hospice Care: Founded in 1978 as Hospice Care, Inc., one of the nation's first hospice programs. Today, VITAS is America's leading provider of end-of-life care, working in cooperation with hospitals, physicians, nursing homes, assisted living communities, insurers and community-based organizations throughout the nation. The local VITAS in San Antonio has 2 acute inpatient hospice units.