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Can anybody comment on the current state of affairs at Wilford Hall? I've heard that it is to shut down and become a new hospital? Is that or will that affect residency programs? My husband is done with his GMO tour in 2012 and will be looking to start residency. Hasn't completely ruled out staying in the AF for residency. Just trying to get an idea of what is happening in San Antonio as that is the only place he would have the option to train at. Thank you.
 

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My understanding is that most services are consolidating under the umbrella of the San Antonio Military Medical Center (Army/AF) most of which will be at Brooke Army Medical Center. I don't think it's going to change the number/nature of the programs available to USAF personnel (there were already multiple combined Army/AF programs in the SA hospitals), mostly the location. I think WHMC is being converted into mostly an outpatient clinic center. I think there are people on the board here who are more intimately acquainted with the details, though.
 

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WHMC is downsizing as we speak, but all of the inpatient services are not essentially at BAMC. If your husband desires a military residency, BAMC has a pretty good smattering of patient population (trauma, burns, peds, all surgical subspecialty and such). With his prior service, he should receive extra points for GME match (if he wants to stay in the military). Sometimes, applicants with mediocre board scores but a great record as a Flight Doc match into competitive specialties (ENT, Rads, Anesthesia).
 

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Wilford Hall Medical Center will be demolished in the next few years. Nearly all services are now performed at Brooke Army Medical Center on the other side of town. The increased number of patient exposures by combining Army and Air Force programs, BAMC construction expansion, and ongoing addition of University rotations has led a lot of AF and Army residency programs in San Antonio to actually be increasing the size of their residencies concurrently with Wilford Hall's closure. Currently only a skeleton crew overall is in the building, but some heavily outpatient-weighed programs--derm for one--are still present. They are building an "ambulatory surgery center" that will replace the current wilford hall building.

Don't make the mistake of moving to SAT and getting a house close to Lackland if you're going to be at BAMC; the commute for most of us who started at Wilford Hall and ended up at BAMC by the end was 25 miles each way--that's a lot for san antonio.