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San Antonio Regional Internship Program
PHOTO Regional Director
Regional Coordinators
Cities Encompassed by the Region
Interesting Facts about the Region
Types of Internship Experiences Available in the Region
Internship Facilities
Things to Consider When Choosing Where to Live
Base Campus/Where Studends will Gather for Meetings
Availability of Services on Affiliated Campus

REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Leroy Knodel, Pharm.D.
knodel@uthscsa.edu

PHOTO Leroy C. Knodel, Pharm.D., is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and a clinical professor at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. He received his Pharm.D. degree and completed a clinical pharmacy residency at the University of Kentucky in 1980. Dr. Knodel served as the Director of the Pharmacotherapy Office of Evidence-Based and Interprofessional Education at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for over 30 years, when he was named the Administrative Director of the Pharmacotherapy Office of Evidence-Based and Interprofessional Practice. Additionally he serves as the director of the College of Pharmacy’s regional internship program in San Antonio. In 2008 he assumed the position of Assistant Division Head of the Pharmacotherapy Division at the University of Texas College of Pharmacy. Dr. Knodel is active in various state and local health care organizations. Since 1992 Dr. Knodel has served as a member and vice-chairman of the Texas Department of Health Drug Utilization Review Committee.

Dr. Knodel is the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on grants and contracts totaling over $1.1 million, and a collaborating or co-investigator on projects receiving nearly $125,000 in additional funding. Dr. Knodel has given 12 invited international presentations, over 300 national and regional invited presentations, and numerous invited institutional presentations. Dr. Knodel has served on the editorial boards of several journals, authored or co-authored 8 textbook chapters, edited 3 textbooks, and has authored over 50 pharmacy and medical journal articles.


REGIONAL COORDINATORS

Clinical Pharmacy Practice Coordinator:
Pamela R. Maxwell, PharmD
pamela.maxwell@uhs-sa.com


PHOTO Pamela Maxwell, PharmD, BCPS, received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She has worked extensively in a university hospital setting as a clinical pharmacist for her entire career. Dr. Maxwell currently serves as the Clinical Transplant Pharmacy Program Manager for University Transplant Center and Pharmacy Residency Programs Manager and PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Residency Program Director at University Health System in San Antonio, TX.

Dr. Maxwell has a faculty appointment with The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy as Clinical Assistant Professor and serves as coordinator of clinical rotations for PharmD students in the San Antonio region.


Advanced Community Practice Coordinator:
Gabe Quintanilla
gquintanilla02@hotmail.com

PHOTO Gabriel Quintanilla, PharmD, received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in May 2002. He has worked in the community pharmacy setting in San Antonio for the past twelve years, the last eight years being with HEB. Dr. Quintanilla has a faculty appointment with The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy as Clinical Assistant Professor and serves as coordinator of advanced community rotations for PharmD students in the San Antonio region.


Advanced Hospital Practice Coordinator:
Tony Dasher, Pharm.D.

PHOTO Tony Dasher, Pharm.D., is the Institutional Coordinator for the San Antonio region. He received his BS and Pharm.D. degrees from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Dasher is the Pharmacy Director for Methodist Hospital/Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio and serves as a consultant pharmacist for various skilled nursing facilities and inpatient hospices.

Dr. Dasher has a broad pharmacy background, having worked in practice settings that include hospital, retail, nuclear, home health, long-term care, and nursing home consulting. He is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists.

Dr. Dasher's personal interests include gardening and beekeeping. He is a UIL division one certified basketball referee and works regional high school varsity games.


To request additional information pertaining to the San Antonio Region, please send email to:

Laura Patterson
Administrative Associate
pattersonLR@uthscsa.edu

CITIES ENCOMPASSED BY THE REGION

Most rotations are in San Antonio but other cities that have served as preceptor sites include the following:



INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE REGION

SAN ANTONIO Calendar of Events

AUG Labor Day Celebration- This event is sponsored by El Mercado Merchants at the Market Square
http://www.laborfestsa.com
SEP Diez y Seis Parade and Festival- The Avenida Guadalupe Association sponsors the annual parade and festival, which kicks off San Antonio's Diez y Seis festivities
http://avenidaguadalupe.org
  Jazz'Salive- The two-day annual jazz festival
http://www.saparksfoundation.org/
jazzsalive.html
  Taste of the Town- This event is sponsored by the San Antonio Restaurant Association
http://tasteofthetownsa.com
OCT The Texas Renaissance Festival - The re-creation of an authentic 16th-century English village
http://texrenfest.com
  Greek Funstival- The 42nd annual Greek Funstival at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church. The festival raises money for the church and its special charities.
http://www.stsophiagoc.org.php53-27.dfw1-2.
websitetestlink.com/funstival
  Gardens by Moonlight - San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place
http://www.sabot.org/?nd=special_events
NOV San Antonio New World Wine and Food Festival - This is a 3-day event which explores wines and cuisine from Texas, Mexico, and beyond.
http://www.localwineevents.com/festivals
  Wurstfest- The annual event celebrating German heritage is in New Braunfels at Landa Park.
http://wurstfest.com
DEC Kristkindlmarkt - Beethoven Maennerchor's traditional German Christmas market is Beethoven Halle and Garden, 422 Pereida At. The annual event features holiday music, food, drinks, crafts and entertainment. Free.
  Las Posadas - The San Antonio Conservation Society's River Walk Christmas procession re-enacting Mary and Joseph's search for shelter in Bethlehem.
http://www.mysanantonio.com/
sacultura/conexion/article/
Las-Posadas-a-tradition-4112147.php
  Celebrate San Antonio - The city's New Year's Eve celebration features live music, food and drink booths, and a fireworks display.
http://www.sanantonioriverwalk.com/
Celebrate%20San%20Antonio.html
JAN River Walk Mud Festival - This event was created by the Paseo del Rio Association as a tongue-in-cheek celebration of the annual draining of the River Walk.
http://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com
FEB Asian Lunar New Year Festival - The Institute of Texas Cultures sponsors this event celebrating the Asian Lunar New Year.
http://www.texancultures.com/
festivals_events/asian_festival_2014
  San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
http://www.sarodeo.com
  Fine Wine and Cuisine Tasting - The annual event benefits public television.
http://www.sawinefest.com/
wine_cuisine_tasting.aspx
MAR Alamo Irish Festival - The Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas sponsors the annual three-day event at La Villita and the Arneson River Theater to celebrate Irish heritage and St. Patrick's Day.
http://www.harpandshamrock.org
APR Poteet Strawberry Festival - The 56th annual Poteet Strawberry Festival features music, food, and entertainment all weekend on the Poteet Strawberry Festival Grounds, Poteet, TX.
http://www.strawberryfestival.com
  Starving Artists Show - Sponsored by the Little Church of La Villita and benefiting the church's charitable missions, the annual exhibit featuring art and craft items from area artists.
http://lavillita.com/events
  Fiesta - The city's annual 10-day celebration of it's cultural heritage and history.
http://www.fiesta-sa.org
https://www.niosa.org
MAY Cornyval - The Helotes Festival Association presents this annual event.
http://www.cornyval.org
JUN Texas Forklife Festival - This annual event celebrating the cultural history and lifestyles of pioneer Texans and others who have come to call the Lone Star State home.
http://www.texancultures.com/
festivals_events/texas_folklife_2014
JUL Contemporary Art Month
(210) 222-2787
  Summer Jazz Fest - A six-week concert series every Friday at the Crossroads mall.
http://www.reachfortheheights.org/
jazz-festival

 

OTHER SITES TO VISIT:
http://visitsanantonio.com/english/Explore-San-Antonio/Events/Major-Events-And-Festivals
http://www.sahearts.com
http://riverwalkvista.com/may-festival-listing

For more activities visit these web sites:
MySanAntonio.com:
www.mysanantonio.com

OTHER ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE:

Seaworld of San Antonio Spanish Governor's Palace
Six Flags Fiesta Texas Texas Botanical Gardens
Horse Racing - Retama Park Buckhorn Saloon and Museum
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort La Villita
Splashtown Waterpark Ripley's Haunted Adventure
The Alamo San Antonio Zoo
King William Historic District The Missions
Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Plaza Theater Of Wax

SURROUNDING CITY ATTRACTIONS:

SPORTING EVENTS:


TYPES OF INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCES AVAILABLE IN THE REGION

Academic – Drug Information
Academia & Public Health
Adult Internal Medicine
Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice
Advanced Hospital Pharmacy Practice
Ambulatory Care Geriatrics
Ambulatory Care Medicine
Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice
Ambulatory Care Psychiatry
Cardiology
Community Pharmacy Management
Compounding/Ambulatory
Critical Care Medicine
Diabetes Management
Emergency Room Medicine
Family Practice Medicine
Hematology/Oncology
HIV Service
Infectious Disease
Institutional Pharmacy Management
Investigational Drugs
Long-Term Care
Managed Care
Neonatology
Nuclear Pharmacy
Pain Management
Pediatrics
Pharmobility Pharmacy Student Exchange Program
Poison Control Center
Primary Care
Psychiatry Pharmacy
Research
Specialty Pharmacy Practice (Anticoagulation, Palliative Care)
Transplant


INTERNSHIP FACILITIES

CLINICAL:

Audie Murphy VA Hospital

Cancer Therapy & Research Center

Children's Hospital of San Antonio

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health Care

CHRISTUS Transplant Institute

Department of Defense Pharmacoeconomic Center

Pharmacotherapy Education and Research Center, UTHSCSA

San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC – formerly BAMC)

San Antonio State Hospital

San Antonio State School

South Texas Poison Center

Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital

Texas Diabetes Institute

University Hospital/Health System



COMMUNITY:

Davila Pharmacy

Mario's Pharmacy

Oakdell Pharmacy

Stone Oak Pharmacy

15Rx Pharmacy

HEB (various locations)

Target Pharmacy (various locations)

Walgreens (various locations)



INSTITUTIONAL:
Audie Murphy VA Hospital

Children's Hospital of San Antonio

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa New Braunfels

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Medical Center

LifeCare Hospitals of San Antonio

McKenna Memorial Hospital Pharmacy

Methodist Texsan Hospital

Metropolitan Methodist Hospital

Nix Medical Center

Northeast Baptist Hospital

Resolute Hospital – New Braunfels

San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC – formerly BAMC)

San Antonio State Hospital Southwest TX Methodist Hospital

University Hospital


THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A PLACE TO LIVE

Fortunately, there is quite a large variety of housing available in and around the Medical Center, whether you are looking to rent an apartment or buy a condominium or home. Prices on apartments range from $450 for a one-bedroom or efficiency up to $1200 for luxury two- or three-bedroom apartments. You should expect to spend about $450-550 for a one-bedroom and about $600-700 for a two-bedroom apartment. Several of the newer, more expensive apartment complexes offer good two-bedroom roommate floor plans and include some great amenities for about $800. The key to finding a good deal on housing is to START LOOKING EARLY!

Here's a list of some apartment locators in the area:

Maykin Wynn, 210/872-4410, propertiesbymakin@yahoo.com
BE IN TODAY, absolutely free, 210/659-9090
ABC APARTMENT LOCATORS, absolutely free, 210/930-3338 or 210/828-7368
AA Apartment Finders, 210/733-8111
Apartment Selector, 210/690-2100
Apartment Locator Service, 210/525-0296
Century 21 Locating Service, 210/614-3030

Websites:
http://www.rent.net
http://www.apartmentguide.com/apartments/Texas/San-Antonio (they also have a book you can pick up in any local convenience store)

Rental Homes and Condominiums
The rental section of the local San Antonio newspaper (San Antonio Express News) is a good place to find rental property. Their web site is http://www.mysanantonio.com.

Advice for Renters

How to obtain basic services
Gas and electric
City Public Service
http://cpsenergy.com

Telephone/Cable/Internet
AT&T
888/706-5637

Time Warner Cable
866/336-5608

Comcast
888/991-6781

San Antonio Water System (SAWS)
For new services or changes in existing service, 210/704-7297 or http://www.saws.org
Deposit $72.00

Newspaper: San Antonio Express News
http://www.expressnews.com
Several internet options for purchase
Or 210/250-2000 for home delivery
Several options available for purchase

Transportation
Via Metropolitan Transit
http://www.viainfo.net/BusService/Schedules.aspx

Garbage
Waste Management
http://www.wm.com

Shopping
Westlakes Mall
Ingram Park Mall
North Star Mall
Rolling Oaks Mall
RiverCenter Mall
The Shops at La Contera
The Rim
The Forum at Olympia Parkway
Alamo Quarry Market


BASE CAMPUS

Locating the UT Health Science Center

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, is in the South Texas Medical Center, 12 miles northwest of downtown San Antonio. The central campus is bordered by Babcock Road, Merton Minter Boulevard and Floyd Curl, Louis Pasteur, and Medical Drive.
facility

Driving Directions
From Interstate 10:
Exit at Wurzbach and turn left on Wurzbach. Turn right onto Floyd Curl. The McDermott Building (brown color) is on the left side. Our address is 8403 Floyd Curl Drive. Our phone # is 210-567-8355.

 

Facility

Facilities
The Pharmacotherapy Division offices are located on the third floor of the McDermott Clinical Sciences Building.

Multimedia Classroom
Multimedia Classroom

Computer Lab for Student Use
Computer Lab for Student Use

Student Lounge
Student Lounge

Parking Information

Bicycles
Bikes must be registered with the University Police. Permits are free each year. There are bike racks nestled in a corner of the Student Services Building, along the sidewalk running from the parking lot between the building and the medical school lecture halls, outside the gross anatomy lab and elsewhere on campus.

Motorcycles
Like the bike racks, motorcycle parking is considerably closer to the lecture halls than most of the parking spots that are made available to the students. There is a monthly permit fee of $4.83. Again, these permits must be obtained from the University Police.

Cars
Currently, students park in various different zones on campus depending on how much they were willing to pay for their parking spot. The prices for permits can range from $87.00 a year for an unreserved off-campus lot with shuttle service to $900.00 a year for a reserved garage space right next to the auditorium. Spaces are available on a limited basis as most are already taken by current students and employees. You may have to put your name on a waiting list and park at an off-campus lot and take the shuttle to classes. Tickets are given by REAL police officers and will go on your permanent driving record, exactly the same as if you received one from a city or state police officer. So you'll HAVE to pay them off eventually or you won't be allowed to graduate. Period.

Be aware to abide by the speed limits set on campus, which are 15 mph. The University Police have been known to delve out tickets to anyone driving a few m.p.h. over the speed limit; they have radar guns and use them.

After hours note: Students are allowed to park anywhere (except in handicapped spaces and reserved parking spaces in the garages) on campus after 5 p.m. on the weekdays and all day on the weekends. Sometimes the University police will hassle you if you don't have a valid permit. Just show your student I.D. and tell them you are going to the library to study and you should have minimal problems. If you are coming to campus after hours (especially to study in the gross labs), feel free to use the gated access located on the street adjacent to the dental school. The gate requires your I.D. to enter.

Bookstore

The bookstore is located on the first floor of the Parking Garage near the Nursing School. It carries the required textbooks, review books, office and computer supplies, candy, snacks, aspirin, cough drops, university logo clothing and gift items, greeting cards, etc. It is here that you will buy your medical instruments when you first arrive. The employees are very helpful; any time you have a problem with your equipment, they will take care of replacing it or getting it fixed.

There are online sites where you may be able to buy the required textbooks without paying tax. Sometimes (especially at the beginning of school) these sites will have specials where shipping is free as well. Ask any upperclass student about this option for buying books.

http://www.medbookstore.com
http://www.discountmedicalbooks.com
http://www.buy.com
http://www.amazon.com

Also, check Half Price Books (corner of Huebner & IH10) for used textbooks.

 


AVAILABILITY OF SERVICES ON AFFILIATED CAMPUS

Briscoe Library

One of the best biomedical libraries in the state, the mission statement for the library says it all:

The mission of the UTHSCSA Libraries (Briscoe & Brady Green) is to advance the teaching, research, patient care and service programs of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the health care programs of South Texas by providing library services and access to biomedical information fundamental to maintaining health and treating and preventing disease.
The library has vast electronic resources available over the Internet. You can browse the site to get a feel for the extent of resources that are available at http://www.library.uthscsa.edu/

San Antonio Public Libraries

Locations (nearest library to the Medical Center)
Oakwell Library, 4134 Harry Wurzbach Rd., 210/207-9040 – Closed Monday
Reagan High School Public Library, 19000 Ronald Regan Drive, 210/356-1804 – M–F 8:00-4:30
Great Northwest Library, 9050 Wellwood St., 210/207-9210 – Closed Monday
Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Road, 210/431-2544
Cody Library, 11441 Vance Jackson Rd., 210/207-9100 – hours vary

Health Care

Student Health Service is located in School of Nursing building at the UTHSCSA main campus in room 1.422. Call the OFFICE (for information and to schedule appointments): 567-WELL (9355). Clinic hours are from 8:30 - 4:30, Monday through Friday.

Students enrolled at UTHSCSA are eligible to receive certain health care services in the University Student Health Clinic. The Student Health Clinic is funded by the student service fee, which is paid at registration. The fee covers the costs of the following services provided only at the Student Health Clinic.

•Outpatient evaluation for illness or injury •Routine physical examination •Contraceptive counseling •Limited diagnostic testing •Annual tuberculosis screening

Health Insurance
As a student you may want to purchase health insurance, as the student health clinic is limited in its services. There are a number of options available to the student. For example, the University of Texas System has contracted with United HealthCare for student health insurance policy. Other options include plans endorsed by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and the American Medical Association. Additionally, most insurance companies offer student insurance plans. We would encourage you to do some research prior to starting school so that this is one less thing you have to worry about as the world of health insurance can become quite complicated and overwhelming. Each individual has different health care needs, and therefore some plans may be more (or less) appropriate depending on your circumstances. Some questions you may want to have in mind when researching which health insurance plan is right for you include:

  1. Is there a deductible and how much is it? (Some plans offer lower premiums for higher deductibles.)
  2. How much is the co-pay for preferred providers vs. providers out of their network?
  3. Are any basic preventive health services covered? (Health screenings, immunizations, etc.)
  4. What pharmacy benefits are available?
  5. Does the plan cover maternity costs?
  6. How extensive is their preferred provider network?
  7. Is there a maximum benefit and, if so, what is it?
  8. Are there maximum benefits for Lab, Radiology, Ambulance, and/or Emergency Room services?

Please note that many insurers have more than one plan to choose from depending on how much of a deductible, co-pay and maximum allowable benefit you want. Additionally, other factors may affect your rates such as your age, and previous medical history.

MEGA Life (1-800-767-0700) https://www.uhcsr.com/

Our goal here is just to give you some insight as to what to expect with regard to student health insurance, however, every situation is unique and only you can decide what is right for you with regard to your health care needs.

Dental Care

It is recommended that you find a private dentist in the community for routine dental care. The UTHSCSA Outpatient Clinic of the Dental School offers inexpensive care for anyone accepted through a screening process as a patient having a condition valuable for teaching purposes. The patient must have considerable time to devote to each appointment. If you can make it during clinic hours, you can have preventive care performed in the Dental Hygiene Clinic for a charge. Acute or emergency care in the Dental Clinic is offered on a first-come, first-served basis for 10 patients each day. For information, call 567-3222.

UTHSCSA Recreational Facilities

Gold's Gym San Antonio Medical Center is located by the recreational sports complex on the west side of Central Campus. Generally, most students are automatic members through their Fitness Center fee. Contact the Office of Student Life if you have any questions at: 210/567-2654.

Intramural sports are a great way to build camaraderie among your classmates, as well as relax after a rough day. Teams are organized in various classes and schools to compete in softball, volleyball, tennis, basketball, flag football, Ping-Pong, and foosball. All league sports have men's and coed teams. Impartial umpires are provided for softball. The cost ranges from $5-10 per player and team registration will be announced during the first month of school. Sign up sheets are available at the Student Services Office. Remember, do not wait for someone else to organize a team!! If you want to play, take the initiative! However, the Recreation Office will help find you a team if you do not already have one. Call 567-5220 for more information or http://students.uthscsa.edu/studentlife/2013/02/recreational-sports
Outside, a half-mile track circles a softball field with basketball, sand volleyball, and tennis courts adjacent. Reservations and information for sport facilities and equipment check-out can be obtained by calling The Sports Coordinator at 567-5220.



Last Reviewed: September 29, 2014

College Information

Mailing Address:
College of Pharmacy
The University of Texas
at Austin
2409 University Ave.
Stop A1900
Austin, TX, USA
78712-1113

Email Address: pharmacy
@austin.utexas.edu

Phone:
1-512-471-1737

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