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We are glad you’re considering joining us at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency. Our program will not only give you excellent exposure to a first rate clinical education - we'll also equip you to be life-long learners. You will gain the tools needed for information mastery, and interested residents will have an inside track to our competitive Sports Fellowship. We will help you develop executive skills needed to be leaders in your practice, clinics, communities and beyond.
During their training, our residents enjoy the abundance of recreational activities uniquely available to the local population that fills the nation’s 7th largest city. Historical San Antonio appeals to families, singles, outdoor enthusiasts, foodies and more with its diverse neighborhoods sprinkled throughout the city.
Our dedication to excellence is evident in the graduates we send into the community and best summarized in our mission statement: The CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program strives to be the premier program with the courage to foster the consummate Family Physician by modeling excellence in an atmosphere of professionalism, lifelong learning, and integrity.
From the robust inpatient, outpatient and nursing home experiences, our residents are equipped with the knowledge, procedural training and skills required to deliver quality, full spectrum care to their diverse communities. If you’re looking for excellent training in a supportive environment with well-rounded faculty, you have found your residency home!
Please contact us if you have any questions about our application process, are interested in rotating with us or would like to know more about our program. We can be reached at SRFM.Residency@christushealth.org or by phone at (210) 703-9029.
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The CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program was founded on one simple principle: "Excellence In All We Do." Since its founding, this simple but profound concept has provided the focus, and the program has continued to educate and produce some of the best family physicians in America. With energetic faculty committed to creative, innovative medical education, and the support of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System, the program is able to attract year after year family medicine residents who are second to none. We believe that iron sharpens iron, and maintaining excellence in medical education, clinical care and health care leadership demands that we continue to fill our ranks with the best and brightest family medicine applicants from across Texas and the U.S. Our Mission:
"The CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program strives to be the premier program with the courage to foster the consummate Family Physician by modeling excellence in an atmosphere of professionalism, lifelong learning, and integrity."
We are proud of our approach to producing the traditional, consummate family physician. We have a curriculum that builds on the notion that exceptional family physicians must:
- Possess excellent clinical and procedural skills,
- Have the capacity and the commitment to be a lifelong learner and critical thinker,
- Have the ability to integrate and bring value to the community in which he or she serves, and
- Have the skills to communicate and teach effectively. While our emphasis is on producing well-rounded, comprehensive family physicians, residents with a particular area of interest have the opportunity to develop focus areas including additional obstetrics, sports and musculoskeletal medicine, health care leadership and policy, practice management, and acute/emergency medicine.
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The Santa Rosa Family Health Center is a 35,000 square-foot, ultramodern facility located adjacent to Christus Santa Rosa Westover Hills Hospital and serves as the home to the residency program. The center features 48 exam rooms, four fully equipped procedure suites configured for office ultrasound, colposcopy, casting and fracture management, exercise stress testing, and minor office surgical procedures. In-house laboratory services are offered with on-site phlebotomists.
Additionally, the clinic utilizes Athena Clinicals Electronic Health Record, operating in a totally wireless environment using Motion Computing Tablet PCs. The electronic health record is accessible to residents from the hospital and from home through the HIPPA compliant CHRISTUS secure physicians web portal.
Since the Family Health Center serves as their “landing pad,” each resident is provided ample office space with private desks, book storage areas, a personal landline phone and a desktop computer with high-speed Internet access. Each office is large and is shared by three residents who are free to make their space as comfortable as they desire.
Daily lectures and workshops are held in our state-of-the-art conference rooms located on the 2nd floor of the clinic building. The conference rooms are equipped with full multimedia presentation. A full lunch is provided during the daily noon lecture each day by the CHRISTUS catering service. A daily dose of knowledge and free food—what more could you ask for?
Located in the Westover Hills neighborhood in beautiful San Antonio, the program is a stone’s throw from SeaWorld and an easy 15 minute drive to the famous downtown San Antonio River Walk and historic Alamo.
Residency Applicant Criteria
Our program accepts seven new residents per year. In order to be considered for an interview, an applicant must:
- Have graduated from or will graduate from an LCME accredited medical school and be eligible to apply for medical licensure in the State of Texas
- Have passed the USMLE Step 1 exam, preferably on the first attempt, and provide documentation of having passed USMLE Step 2 CK and CS prior to being ranked for a position in our program.
PLEASE NOTE: A passing score on USMLE Step 2 (CK and CS) or the COMLEX equivalent IS REQUIRED before we can rank an applicant for our program. We highly recommend that you schedule Step 2 CK and CS to be completed no later than December 31 in order to assure that we have your scores before our ranking deadline of Feb. 10.
- Be no more than five years out of medical school OR provide documentation of at least two years of formal clinical experience in the United States.
- We do not sponsor training visas (J1 or H1)
Applications are accepted starting September 15 of each year. For those selected, we begin the interview process starting in October and host interviews on Thursdays and Fridays through January. Please note that we receive many more applications each year than interview slots available, so application to the program does not guarantee an interview.
Eligible applicants are assessed on the criteria of academic credentials and performance, preparedness for rigorous graduate medical education, aptitude and ability, communication skills, and specific personal qualities including commitment to family medicine, community service, leadership, motivation, and integrity. The CSRFMRP does not discriminate with regard to sex, race, color, age, religion, disability or veteran status.
How to apply:
We accept applications only through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and take all of our residents through the National Residency Match Program.
Our ERAS program number is 130420.
We invite you to visit our program. You are welcome to rotate with us or just drop by for a day. We will happily answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!
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Diana Ballesteros, MD named one of San Antonio's best doctors by San Antonio Magazine
Dr. Ballesteros is the director of community outreach and service as well as family medicine section chief. In 2014, she was elected one of San Antonio’s best doctors by San Antonio Magazine. She was the president of the Bexar County chapter of TAFP for the 2013-2014 year. She is involved in many community outreach programs including Faith Family Clinic, MAHPA/Med Prep, Martinez Street Women’s Center, Quijotes of San Antonio with whom she participates in an annual medical mission trip to Oaxaca. She has a heart for the underserved and immigrant population.
Dr. Karrh receives the 2009 Texas Family Physician of the Year award.
From the beginning, the goal of our program at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa has been to gather the best people in order to produce the best clinical, educational and professional experience possible. We are proud of our team and our people are what make us special.
Our faculty encompass a wide array of clinical experience—from years of rural private practice to inner city urban practice. We span the breadth of family medicine from the range of ambulatory procedures to the most complicated inpatient situations. Whether caring for newborns, the elderly, weekend warriors, or highly skilled college and professional athletes, our faculty members have done it all—from normal prenatal care to complicated obstetrics; from solo practice to large, multi-physician practices. Many of our faculty members are known locally and nationally as leaders in our field and we teach those leadership skills to all our residents. All of this experience is focused on providing the absolute best educational experience possible for the residents we serve. Our residents come to us from across Texas and the United States and represent some the best and brightest new family physicians in the country. We are extremely proud of the quality we continue to see in our residents. We believe that iron sharpens iron—by filling year after year with intelligent, energetic and dedicated resident colleagues, we continue toward our goal of being one of the best family medicine programs in the country. Get to know our residents.
Our clinic and administrative staff make it all possible. From our nurses and group practice manager, to our coordinator and administrative and business office we are blessed to have a team that understands the vision: Providing evidence-based, patient-centered clinical care in the setting of excellence in graduate medical education. Learn more about our staff.
We invite you to learn more about us!
The CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program exists to fulfill the following goals:
- Produce the best family physicians in the country.
- Increase the quality of health care in San Antonio and surrounding regions.
- Improve the health of the communities we serve.
We believe in excellence in all areas of family medicine and strive to make excellence a habit.
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa
Family Medicine Residency Program
11130 Christus Hills Medical Plaza 3, Suite 201
San Antonio, TX 78251
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