Karen Szauter, M.D.
Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Hetapology
Karen Szauter, M.D.
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-0764
Dr. Szauter received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and completed residency training in internal medicine at Baltimore City Hospital. After completing fellowship training in gastroenterology (MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland Ohio) and nutrition (St. Vincent Charity Hosptial, Cleveland Ohio) she joined the UTMB faculty in 1990. She serves as the Co-Director for the Internal Medicine Year-3 clerkship.
The focus of her research has been in the area of medical education, specifically in assessment and in human simulation. She has a joint appointment in the Office of Educational Development and serves as the medical director for UTMB's Standardized Patient Program.
The department of internal medicine is developing evidence based clinical protocols which will be available in EPIC (as order sets) for use when admitting patients with these diagnoses. Their AIM is to standardize care and decrease length of stay and readmission rates.Currently available protocols are:
- CAP - Community Acquired Pneumonia Order set
- Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Diabetic Ketoacidosis Adult, ICU
- General Medicine Admission
- Immunodeficiency Flow Panel
- MICU/CCU Admission Order Set
- Oral Analgesic Medications
- Parenteral Opioids
- Sepsis, Adult ICU
- 111 - Stroke Alert
- 112 - Stroke Activation
- 300086 - Stroke Floor Admission
- 3000000001 - Stroke Critical care without tPA
- 300088 Stroke - Transfer from Critical care to floor
- 3004002 - Stroke Discharge
All protocols can be found in the EPIC order set section.
The department of Internal Medicine has a large role in the Meaningful Use Initiative. Our participation is key for the success of the initiative. Please visit the meaningful use website for important communication and updates from the Meaningful Use Initiative.