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Program Type:  Military Medical Center

Location: San Antonio, Texas

Accredited: Yes, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) 

Program Length: 5 clinical years, 1 year research, total 6 years (Surgical Resident), 1 clinical year (Surgical Preliminary Resident)

Required Pre-Requisite Training: Medical School Graduation, if prior completed internship, must start again as PGY-1, potential for exception if surgical internship completed and PGY-2 position available. 

Categorical Year in Specialty Required: No

Total Approved Complement: 39 (includes 5 research year residents)

Approved per Year (if applicable): 

  • PGY1: 5 categorical, 7 preliminary
  • PGY2: 5 categorical, 2 preliminary
  • Research Year: 5 categorical
  • PGY3: 5 categorical
  • PGY4: 5 categorical
  • PGY5: 5 categorical

Dedicated research year offered: (typically 1 year, able to have some flexibility for 0-2)

Medical Student Rotation availability: 4th Year (MS3 for USU only core-clerkship)

Additional degree concurrent with training (e.g. MPH): No

Program Phone Number: 210-916-0439


Program Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Program Description

The general surgery program is a five clinical year program with one year of research after the Post Graduate Year-2 year. There is also a preliminary surgical internship available.

Brooke Army Medical Center hosts the surgical residency and is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the Department of Defense. BAMC is integrated into the South Texas Regional and an accepting facility for all civilian trauma. Twenty percent of all DOD health care is provided in San Antonio. There are 28 main operating rooms at BAMC including three DaVinci Robots and an additional four Ambulatory surgery operating rooms at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center. BAMC offers all surgical sub-specialty care.

Average Graduating Resident Case Numbers (850 required minimum):

  • 2023: 1,294 (National Average not reported yet)
  • 2022: 1,142 (National Average 1,116)
  • 2021: 1,148 (National Average 1,125)
  • 2020: 1,190 (National Average 1,100)
  • 2019: 1,080 (National Average 1,113)
  • 2018: 1,207 (National Average 1,137)
  • 2017: 1,111 (National Average 1,048)
  • 2016: 1,054 (National Average 1,034)
  • 2015: 1,090 (National Average 1,033)

Board Pass Rate Information: 

The program has a 100% four-year pass rate for certifying and qualifying American Board of Surgery exam.

Recent Fellowship Matches:

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS):

  • Mayo Clinic, FL

Colorectal Surgery:

  • Georgia Colon and Rectal Surgical Clinic, Georgia
  • Orlando Regional, Florida
  • Washington University St. Louis, Missouri

Pediatric Surgery:

  • University of Texas Houston, Texas
  • Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital, Florida

Surgical Oncology:

  • MD Anderson, Texas
  • Ohio State University, Ohio
  • John Wayne Cancer Center, California

Vascular Surgery:

  • Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
  • John Hopkins, Maryland
  • Mayo Clinic, Minnesota
  • University of Maryland, Maryland
  • University of Michigan, Michigan

Cardiothoracic Surgery:

  • Vanderbilt, Tennessee
  • Washington University St. Louis, Missouri
  • Emory University, Georgia
  • Johns Hopkins, Maryland

Trauma Surgery:

  • SAUSHEC Trauma/Critical Care, Texas
  • University of Southern California/Los Angeles County, California
  • LSU, Louisiana
  • University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania

Burn Surgery:

  • U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (ISR), Texas

Plastic Surgery:

  • University of Miami, Florida
  • University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma
  • Harvard, Massachusetts
  • Ochsner, Louisiana

Special Operations Surgery:

  • Special Operations Surgical Team at University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama
  • Joint Medical Augmentation Unit at Fort Liberty, North Carolina

Mission, Vision and Aims

Curriculum and Schedules

Scholarly and Professional Development Opportunities

Participating Sites

Applicant Information, Rotation and Interview Opportunities

Teaching Opportunities

Faculty and Mentorship


Contact Us

General Surgery Residency Program

Location: Brooke Army Medical Center, General Surgery, 2nd Floor Clinic (Location of PCs)

Hours of Operation:

6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Phone: 210-916-0439

Alternate: 210-916-1925

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