EMS Fellows

Current EMS Fellows

Amy Bridges, M.D.

Contact information: bridgesA2@uthscsa.edu

Medical school: UT Health San Antonio

Residency: University of Missouri – Columbia, MO

Hometown: My parents still reside in Hudson, OH, but I am Texan born, and call Texas my home.

Why did you pursue this fellowship in EMS?  I chose to do Emergency Medical Services as a fellowship because of my history with EMS in college. The experience I gained there inspired me to be an EM physician, and this is my way to give back to the community.

Why did you pick UT Health  San Antonio for your fellowship?  I chose to do Emergency Medical Services as a fellowship because of my history with EMS in college. The experience I gained there inspired me to be an EM physician, and this is my way to give back to the community.

What hobbies do you have? What else do you do in your free time?  Hobbies I have are eclectic in nature, kind of like me. I like to crochet, read books, and watch TV shows, but also enjoy outdoor activities, travelling, cooking, running, and trying new activities such as bungee jumping off Victoria Falls. However, at the end of the day, a good jigsaw puzzle is something I will not say no to.

What is your favorite place to visit/thing(s) to do in / memory from living in San Antonio? San Antonio is the kind of city that makes it hard to describe just one fun thing to do. Whether you’re a foodie, an outdoorsman, or a lover of the arts, there is something for everyone here. Personally, my favorite memories include hiking through Government Canyon, eating at the Pearl, or catching a show at the theater. Something I like to do but definitely need to improve upon is two-stepping, and places abound here for that, too.


Katherine Raczek, M.D.

 

Contact information: raczek@uthscsa.edu

Medical school: Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Miami FL

Residency: Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso, El Paso TX

Hometown: San Diego, CA; but Navy brat so traveled all over, and family originally from Poland.

Why did you pursue this fellowship in EMS? I was introduced to the concept of an EMS Medical Director early in medical school and was hooked ever since.  I love working with prehospital providers and collaborating on improving patient care starting out in the field.  In EMS, there are so many opportunities to practice emergency medicine from a unique perspective, and in unique settings.

Why did you pick UT Health San Antonio for your fellowship? I was especially interested in the collaboration with the military EMS fellows, definitely a distinctive experience.  I also loved the area when visiting and really enjoyed my interactions with everyone that I interviewed with.

What hobbies do you have?  What else do you do in your free time? I love to travel and explore (just need a little more time!), I also love to be at the pool or beach reading or catching up with family and friends.

What is your favorite place to visit/thing(s) to do in/memory from living in San Antonio? Haven’t had too much time to explore yet, but I am looking forward to checking out the Pearl and Southtown more (near my home) and also going on various day trips out to the country.  Hopefully can float the river sometime, too!

Current Global Health Fellows

Luke F. Husby, M.D.

 

Contact information: husby@uthscsa.edu

Medical School: UNTHSC

Residency: Palmetto Health

Hometown: Colleyville, Tx

Why did you pursue this fellowship in Global Health? Global Health has been a topic of interest of mine since medical school as has wilderness medicine. Austere medicine lends itself to global medicine often and this fellowship, in my case, is a merging of the two worlds.

Why did you pick UT Health San Antonio for your fellowship? Good people. This fellowship is run by leadership that I feel confident in and have allowed me to chase multiple goals simultaneously.

What hobbies do you have?  What else do you do in your free time? Anything outdoors. Hunting, backpacking, travel, and all the ordinary family activities.

What is your favorite place to visit/thing(s) to do in/memory from living in San Antonio? I haven’t been here long, but I’d have to give local/nearby hog hunting a nod.


Andrew L. Stricklin, M.D.

Contract information: stricklinA@uthscsa.edu

Medical School: Texas A&M University College of Medicine

Residency: UT Health San Antonio, Department of Emergency Medicine

Hometown: Colleyville, TX

Why did you pursue this fellowship in Global Health? ​Global health is what initially got me interested in medicine.  I always knew since I started studying medicine that I would like to pursue a career in Global Health.  During medical school, I fell in love with Emergency Medicine and learned about the massive need for Emergency Medicine in many countries around the world, and during residency made the decision to further learn how I could bring Emergency Medicine to places around the world that do not have it.

Why did you pick UT Health San Antonio for your fellowship? ​I completed Residency at UT Health San Antonio, and during my time here, I was able to go on multiple global health trips to help start Emergency Medicine Residencies in countries that do not have formal training programs in Emergency Medicine.  The commitment of the Global Health leadership at the program to getting its residents to as much global health experience really impressed me, and my desire to continue to work on projects I started during residency are the main reasons why I chose to stay at UT Health San Antonio for my fellowship training.  I am so excited and feel very lucky to get to stay and continue to train here.

What hobbies do you have?  What else do you do in your free time? Playing the piano is something that has been a hobby of mine since my early childhood, and has been a hobby that I have continued to practice throughout my life.  I enjoy playing anything but especially classical music and ragtime.  I enjoy the beautiful culture and environment around the city of San Antonio, the Texas Hill Country and the rivers in the surrounding region during the warmer weather.  I also enjoy swimming, playing tennis, a good Sci-Fi novel, video games, and college football.

What is your favorite place to visit/thing(s) to do in/memory from living in San Antonio? ​There is so much to see and do in San Antonio.  I enjoy spending time downtown in the Southtown area, eating and hanging out around the Pearl Brewery, and kayaking and tubing on the many surrounding rivers during the Summer months.  I would have to say my favorite memory from living in San Antonio would be one of the many times I have gone floating on the Guadalupe river with my friends.

 

Current Ultrasound / Global Health Fellows

Ryan Joseph, D.O.

Contact information: josephR1@uthscsa.edu

Medical School: UNT Health Science Center – Texas, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency: Texas A&M Corpus Christi – Christus Spohn Medical Center

Hometown: Tomball TX

Why did you pursue this fellowship in Ultrasound / Global Health?  Ever since I’ve wanted to become a physician it was because of my desire to help those with limited or no access to medical care.  I also enjoy discovering new things or overcoming new obstacles, and I feel as though global health is still a frontier of sorts.  With that said, ultrasound has helped us deliver better care to those in need especially in resource limited settings.  Through this fellowship I’ll have the opportunity to refine my ultrasound skills while teaching providers in underserved areas to use ultrasound as well.  In my opinion, these two areas complement each other very well and will hopefully help people get the better healthcare that they deserve.

Why did you pick UT Health San Antonio for your fellowship?  Being a part of UT Health San Antonio has been a goal of mine since medical school, and that desire has only been strengthened by the growth of the department of emergency medicine.  The leadership at UT Health San Antonio is very supportive of whatever goals or aspirations we’ve set for ourselves and has the resources to help you achieve those goals.  Not to mention, I think San Antonio is the best city to live in and hopefully raise a family one day.

What hobbies do you have?  What else do you do in your free time?  Writing down all of my hobbies is difficult, and according to my wife, I’ve probably got too many.  I really enjoy exercising, specifically crossfit, mountain and road biking, and running.  I obviously enjoy travelling, which is inherent to the desire to practice global health.  I also enjoy spending time with my wife and our dog Gracie.  Together, we like to visit breweries and wineries, hike, kayak, and explore the beautiful Texas hill country.  I like to try new things so I’m always getting new hobbies and they sometimes just depend on the people I’m around!

What is your favorite place to visit/thing(s) to do in/memory from living in San Antonio?  In and around San Antonio I like to do the things I mentioned above, as well as try all of the different food options.  I like to experience different cultures, and food is an easy way to do that right here in San Antonio.  I also enjoy exploring the Riverwalk (I know touristy) and going to some of the small towns surrounding San Antonio that each have their own character and something different to offer.

 


Elijah J. Katz, M.D.

Contact information: katzE@uthscsa.edu