Should you require hospitalization, you will receive care from a provider on your care team. For improved continuity, each health care team admits patients primarily to one unit. The nursing staff and care providers assigned to that unit work as a team with your doctors to ensure proper communication while you are hospitalized and at your discharge. Your providers/care team are available on the unit 24/7 to admit new patients and address your needs. Transfer of care between the day shift and night shift is done at the bedside and involves the patient to ensure continuity of the care plan and good communication.
Your physician will be partnered with other care providers that will offer you the most comprehensive care with a team who gets to know you and your healthcare needs from your very first visit. We want to make sure you have access to care when you need it. If your regular provider is not available to see you in the timeframe needed, you will be offered an opportunity to receive treatment from another provider on your care team. Acute care and same day care is built into templates to ensure access to care. Patients belong to not only a physician, but a care team, allowing for continuity of care at any clinic visit.
Care Team Model:
UTMB is an academic, teaching institution. Your provider may be a resident physician, medical student with a faculty or a nurse practitioner. You can expect the same quality of care from any member of your healthcare team.
Resident Physicians are doctors who have finished medical school and are currently completing specialty training in Internal Medicine. Our residents are hand selected and will often go on to advanced specialties. They are supervised by Internal Medicine faculty physicians. After a resident physician interviews and examines you, he or she will discuss your case with the supervising faculty, and they both may come back to discuss your treatment plan.
Medical Students are still in training to be doctors and are highly supervised by Internal Medicine faculty physicians.