Trauma Fellowship Program

Enhance Your Skills & Knowledge at South Texas’ Highest Level Adult & Pediatric Trauma Centers

University Hospital is home to the highest Level Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center for South Texas.

Our Trauma Nurse Fellowship Program offers experience in our fast-paced trauma centers and mentors from UT Health San Antonio physicians caring for the most critically injured patients in South Texas. You will also benefit from the expertise of the University Hospital trauma team, administrative staff and regional partners who provide a comprehensive perspective on trauma care and the regional trauma system.

Trauma Fellowship Program Overview

Nurses accepted into our program will learn about all aspects of trauma care including:

  • Injury prevention
  • Pre-hospital care
  • Rural trauma outreach
  • Trauma education
  • Trauma-related legislation
  • Trauma research
  • Trauma surgery
  • Regional trauma system

Fellows will participate in the following clinical rotations:

  • AirLIFE & Emergency Services pre-hospital unit (SAFD)
  • Trauma Resuscitation Unit (TRU)
  • Injury prevention
  • Surgical Trauma ICU
  • Trauma Program Administration
  • Trauma Pediatric ICU
  • Operating Room
  • Trauma Follow-up Clinic
  • Trauma Case Managment

Nurses accepted into the program will receive a stipend for certifications, outreach and travel. Completion of the program is recognized and acknowledged by the Clinical Advancement Program.

Eligibility Requirements

This unique six-month program requires RNs to have a minimum of 2 years of nursing experience – with at least one of them in critical care. Nurses do not need to be employed by University Health System to apply. For current UHS nurses that are accepted into the program, salary, paid time off, benefits and leave accrual will remain in place.

After completing the six-month program

After completing the six-month program, a two-year commitment providing clinical services in a trauma area as a full-time nurse with University Health System is required. These trauma areas within the University Health System include the STICU, PICU, Trauma Administration, Emergency Department Critical Care Team, or the Trauma Team. If the Trauma Fellow is a current Trauma Team member, the Trauma Fellow may return to the Trauma Team after completion of the Fellowship. Completion of the Trauma Nurse Fellowship does not guarantee a position on the Trauma team.

Nurses will receive a financial stipend at the end of each successful year of their two-year commitment. Additionally, continuing education funding is available as part of the Trauma Nurse Fellowship. This education funding can be used for trauma education, conferences or preparation for the Society of Trauma Nurses – Trauma Certification Registered Nurse Exam (TCRN).

For more information or to apply, contact: TraumaNurseFellowship@uhs-sa.com.