Cities Encompassed by the Region
Interesting Facts about the Region
Types of Internship Experiences Available in the Region
Things to Consider When Choosing Where to Live
Base Campus/Where Studends will Gather for Meetings
Availability of Services on Affiliated Campus
Leroy Knodel, Pharm.D.
Leroy C. Knodel, Pharm.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and a clinical associate 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. In 1980 he was appointed the Director of the Drug Information Center at the University of Colorado Health Science Center and as an assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Colorado. Since 1982 he has served as Director of the Drug Information Service at the University of Texas Health Science Center.
In addition to his institutional responsibilities as a member of the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Administration Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, and as a consultant/member of the University Health System (Bexar county, Texas) Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Drug Usage Evaluation Committee, 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. For over 10 years he has served on the Board of Directors of Community Clinic, a United Way funded agency providing medical and counseling services to low-income individuals in San Antonio. Additionally, he serves as the clinic's pharmacist-in-charge (volunteer).
Dr. Knodel has served on the editorial boards of several journals, and has published over 40 articles in pharmacy and medical journals including Practical Gastroenterology, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Medical Toxicology, American Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, American Pharmacy, and Annals of Pharmacotherapy. He also has published several textbook chapters and been a participant in two videotape continuing education programs on managing the arthritic patient. Dr. Knodel has given numerous presentations in the areas of therapeutics, arthritis, gastrointestinal pharmacotherapy, and drug information services.
Clinical Pharmacy Practice Coordinator:
Pamela R. Maxwell, PharmD
Pamela Maxwell, PharmD, 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 eighteen years. For the past eight years, Dr. Maxwell has served as Clinical Specialist and Pharmacy Programs Manager for the Solid Organ Transplant Program of University Health System and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Dr. Maxwell is the Pharmacy Practice Residency Director for University Hospital. In addition, she has a faculty appointment with The University of Texas 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:
Mario De los Santos graduated from UT Austin in 1972 with a BS in Pharmacy. He has practiced community pharmacy for 32 years. Currently Mr. De los Santos is a part-owner and manager of Professional Pavilion Pharmacy in San Antonio, Texas. He has been a voluntary practitioner faculty member for UT since 1978.
Mr. De los Santos has also been active in professional associations as a past president of Bexar County Pharmacy Association from 1993-1994, and as a member of Texas Pharmacy Association. Additionally, he has served on the Advisory Board for the San Antonio School of Medical, Dental, and Pharmacy Technicians since 1998.
Advanced Hospital Practice Coordinator:
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 Clinical Manager for Methodist Hospital in San Antonio and serves as a consultant pharmacist for various skilled nursing facilities.
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, Texas Pharmacy Association, and Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists. Dr. Dasher served two terms as the Texas Pharmacy Association Chairman for the Section of Home Care Pharmacists and as President for the National Home Infusion Association.
Dr. Dasher's personal interests include gardening and bicycling. He is a state certified basketball referee and works regional high school varsity games.
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
|AUGUST||Labor Day Celebration- This event is sponsored by El Mercado Merchants at the Market Square||(210) 226-7765|
|SEPTEMBER||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||(210) 223-3151|
|Jazz'Salive- The two-day annual jazz festival||(210) 212-8423|
|Taste of the Town- This event is sponsored by the San Antonio Restaurant Association||(210) 734-7663|
|OCTOBER||Octoberfest - This event features authentic German music, food, drink, and dance.||(210) 222-1521|
|The Texas Renaissance Festival - The re-creation of an authentic 16th-century English village||(800) 458-3435|
|Low & Slow Classic Car Show - Centro Cultural Aztlan's annual low rider show. Car enthusiasts will see chrome and air-brushed metal flake paint jobs on more than 250 classic automobiles, trucks, and vans.||(210) 432-1896|
|Greek Funstival- The 42nd annual Greek Funstival at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church. The festival raises money for the church and its special charities.||(210) 735-5051|
|Gardens by Moonlight - San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place||(210) 829-5360|
|NOVEMBER||San Antonio New World Wine and Food Festival - This is a 3-day event which explores wines and cuisine from Texas, Mexico, and beyond.||(210) 930-3232|
|Wurstfest- The annual event celebrating German heritage is in New Braunfels at Landa Park.||(830) 625-9167|
|DECEMBER||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.||(210) 222-1521|
|Las Posadas - The San Antonio Conservation Society's River Walk Christmas procession re-enacting Mary and Joseph's search for shelter in Bethlehem.||(210) 224-6163|
|Celebrate San Antonio - The city's New Year's Eve celebration features live music, food and drink booths, and a fireworks display.||(210) 212-8423|
|JANUARY||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.||(210) 227-4262|
|FEBRUARY||Asian Lunar New Year Festival - The Institute of Texas Cultures sponsors this event celebrating the Asian Lunar New Year.||(210) 458-2300|
|San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo||(210) 225-5851|
|Fine Wine and Cuisine Tasting - The annual event benefits public television.||(210) 270-9000|
|MARCH||Tejano Music Awards - Will take place at the Alamodome.||(800) 500-8470|
|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.||(210) 938-5931|
|Spring Fest - This pre-Fiesta fiesta at Market Square celebrates the arrival.||(210) 207-8600|
|APRIL||Poteet Strawberry Festival - The 56th annual Poteet Strawberry Festival features music, food, and entertainment all weekend on the Poteet Strawberry Festival Grounds, Poteet, TX.||(830) 742-8144|
|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.||(210) 226-3593|
|Fiesta - The city's annual 10-day celebration of it's cultural heritage and history.||(210) 227-5191|
|MAY||Cornyval - The Helotes Festival Association presents this annual event.||(210) 695-2103|
|Tejano Conjunto Festival - The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center's outdoor conjunto music festival.||(210) 271-3151|
|Cinco De Mayo - This celebration at Market Square commemorates the victory of Maxican troops over the French at the Battle of Puebla.||(210) 207-8600|
|JUNE||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.||(210) 458-2300|
|JULY||Contemporary Art Month||(210) 222-2787|
|Freedom Fest - The celebration of the Fourth of July.||(210) 207-8600|
|Summer Jazz Fest - A six-week concert series every Friday at the Crossroads mall.||(210) 735-9137|
For more activities visit these web sites:
OTHER ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE:
|SEAWORLD OF SAN ANTONIO||SPANISH GOVERNOR'S PALACE|
|SIX FLAGS FIESTA||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:
Long Term Care
Mail Order Pharmacy
Ambulatory Care - Geriatrics
Medicine Nutritional Support
Poison Control Center
|CLINICAL:||Brook Army Medical Center|
|CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health Care|
|Clinical Pharmacy Programs, UTHSCSA|
|DoD Pharmacoeconomic Center|
|San Antonio State Hospital|
|San Antonio State School|
|Audie Murphy VA Hospital|
|Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital|
|Syncor International Corporation|
|Cancer Therapy & Research Center|
|Texas Diabetes Institute|
|University Health Center Anticoagulation Clinic|
|UTHSCSA-South Texas Poison Center|
Wilford Hall Medical Center
|Brook Army Medical Center|
|Caremark Precription Service|
|HEB (various locations)|
|Professional Pavilion Pharmacy|
|S.W. TX Methodist Hospital Pharmacy|
|University Hospital Pharmacy|
Walgreen Company (various locations)
|INSTITUTIONAL:||Baptist Medical Center|
|Brook Army Medical Center|
|CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health Care|
McKenna Memorial Hospital Pharmacy
|Metropolitan Methodists Hospital|
|Northeast Baptist Hospital|
|Southwest TX Methodist Hospital|
Wilford Hall Medical Center
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:
BE IN TODAY, absolutely free, (210) 659-9090
ABC APARTMENT LOCATORS, absolutely free, (210) 930-3338 or 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
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
Account information, (210) 353-2222
Toll-free for rural accounts (800) 773-3077
Water is supplied by San Antonio Water System. Call customer service at (210) 704-7297, 8-5 weekdays. Deposit is approximately $55. Several apartment complexes cover water.
For new service or changes in existing service: (800) 464-7928
Repair service, (800) 246-8464
San Antonio Express & News
To subscribe, call(210) 250-2000
Cost for a year's subscription in the city is approximately $176.80 (delivery daily)
Customer Service: (210) 244-0500
Garbage collection, recycling, dead animal collection, brush pickup, customer service, call 311
San Antonio Water System (SAWS)
For new services or changes in existing service, (210) 704-7297
Fee: $55 per hours, $110 per duplex
Deposit waived with letter of credit from previous water or electric company
Office of the Attorney General of Texas: www.oag.state.tx.us
Bus route, schedule information and customer comments, (210) 362-2020
Ingram Park Mall
North Star Mall
Rolling Oaks Mall
North Star Mall
One important tip to keep in mind is - to establish a bank account early. You must be able to write several checks for tuition, fees, parking fee, etc. at the time of registration.
Laboratory Animal Resources (at UTHSCSA) offers veterinary services for pets of faculty, staff and students. A veterinarian is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You are required to bring your pet before 9 a.m. and leave it for the vet to see during the day. Payment is required at time of service. Call (210) 567-6166 for information.
Locating the 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 drives.
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.
The Clinical Pharmacy offices are located on the third floor of the McDermott Clinical Sciences Building.
Reception Desk with Sylvia White
Computer Lab for Student Use
Bikes must be registered with the University Police. Permits are $12.00 per 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.
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 $4.00. Again, these permits must be obtained from the University Police.
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 $48.00 a year for an unreserved off-campus lot with shuttle service to $480.00 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 now have radar guns also.
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.
The bookstore is located on the first floor of the Nursing Parking Garage. 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 get here. The ladies there are very helpful. Any time you have a problem with your equipment, they will take care of replacing it or getting it fixed. Gifts include greeting cards, picture frames, calendars, T-shirts, etc. Supplies include scrubs, dissecting kits, stethoscope, dental resin teeth, pens, etc.
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 stduent about this option for buying books.
Also, check Half Price Books (corner of Huebner & IH10) for used textbooks.
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) 828-2569 - Closed Sunday
Reagan High School Public Library, 20730 Huebner Road, (210) 482-2200 ext. 370
Great Northwest Library, 9050 Wellwood St., (210) 684-5251
Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Road, (210) 431-2544
Cody Library, 11441 Vance Jackson Rd., (210) 696-6396
Student Health Service is located in UPG Diagnostic Pavilion at 4657 Medical Drive (directly across the street from the University Hospital main entrance drive). Call the OFFICE (for information and to schedule appointments): 592-0150.
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
Limited diagnostic testing
Annual tuberculosis screening
The Student Health Service is staffed by qualified health providers. Clinic hours are from 8:30 - 4:30, Monday through Friday. Appointments are necessary and can be scheduled by calling 592-0150.
As a pharmacy 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 for the MEGA Life and Health Insurance Company's student health insurance policy. MEGA Life brochures are available in the Student Services office, or you can call MEGA Life directly and they will mail a copy along with an application form. 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?
Listed below are some sample rates from MEGA Life. These rates were for the 2000-2001 school year and are subject to change. 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)
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.
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
The Health Science Center has a weight & fitness room that is free and open 24 hours a day to all students (You'll need your student ID to get in). 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. The tennis courts reservation sign-up sheet is kept on a bulletin board inside the UTHSCSA Campus Police Office.
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.
The Recreation office also hires student assistants throughout the year to work with our intramural sports programs. For further information, contact the Sports Coordinator, 567-5220
Health Clubs and Local Gyms
Professional school can be very stressful, and exercise can be a great release. There are local gyms that might fit your needs. Keep in mind that many prices are negotiable, and group discounts and student discounts are available. Waiting until school starts and then signing up with a group of classmates can bring the price into the affordable range for even the most pricey clubs. Also, some clubs offer free child care and free personal training. A gym can be a great way to meet people outside of your class!
The good news is that over the past few years, a number of challenging golf courses have been built in San Antonio and the surrounding area. These courses charge from $50 to $100 per person, but most of the courses offer twilight rates ($40-60) after we switch to daylight savings time. Also, during the winter, some of these courses offer reduced rates as well.
According to the city, if you live here for eight months, you can apply for a city card that allows you to play the munis with a cart for around twenty dollars. You just take a copy of you electricity bill to the course as proof. Some students may try circumventing this
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