Anesthesiology Residency Program:

San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education

Consortium (SAUSHEC)






Program Website: SAUSHEC Anesthesiology Residency Program

Program Director: Dr. Angela McElrath

Associate Program Directors: Dr. Matthew Smith (Army) and Dr. Kayla Knuf (Air Force)

Program Administrator: Mrs. Tracy Gruber ( )

From the Program:

We are a training platform designed to produce world-class anesthesiologists that are warrior physicians, crisis managers and confident consultants. We develop our residents as warrior physicians through our military unique curriculum, daily interactions with our cadre of world-wide deployable active duty anesthesiologists and while serving on real-world military humanitarian missions to austere environments. We develop our residents as crisis managers through our comprehensive simulation program, no-notice stand-up case presentations to the department and through challenging clinical rotations. We graduate confident consultants by challenging them with routine medical knowledge testing, completion of scholarly activity and quality improvement projects and by refining their oral presentation skills during their formal case presentations and monthly mock oral examinations. With equal importance, we aim to achieve all of the above objectives while maintaining the wellbeing of our residents and faculty through a culture of compassion. 

Introduction to the SAUSHEC Anesthesiology Residency Experience

Class size: 11 PGY1s, 14 PGY2-4s (enters as 6 Air Force PGY1s, 5 Army PGY1s, 2 Air Force PGY2s, 1 Army PGY2)

Program Overview and Highlights:

  • Staff fellowship trained in trauma, OB, neuro, regional, cardiothoracic, critical care, and pediatric anesthesia, as well as chronic pain management

  • Research skills development resources, including 4 weeks of dedicated scholarly activity time prior to CA-1 year

  • Resident Academic Days once a month with all of the Anesthesia Residents (brought back from off service rotations and away rotations)

  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety project design and implementation opportunities

  • Humanitarian Missions

About the hospital:

  • Patient population: active duty, dependents, retirees, and trauma patients from all over south Texas 

  • The DOD's only level 1 trauma center

Rotations outside of the medical center:


  • Neuro: UTSW (Dallas)


  • CT: UTHSCSA, Methodist (Houston), Baylor (Dallas)

  • Pediatric Anesthesia: Driscoll Hospital (Corpus Christi)

  • Regional Anesthesia: WHASC

  • Ambulatory Anesthesia:  WHASC

About the area:

  • San Antonio Area features attractions like the Riverwalk, Sea World, Six Flags, Schlitterbahn Water Park, The Pearl, and other great  restaurants and shopping

  • Nearby popular destinations include New Braunfels, Fredericksburg, Canyon Lake/Medina Lake, and Austin

  • Beaches with warm waters are only 2 hours away

Applying and Interviewing for a Residency Spot at SAUSHEC

Please review this application and interview advice from the Anesthesiology Military Residency Program Directors.