The Internal Medicine Re-Design was created in 2014 to promote patient-centered care. This model was intended to create a structure with fewer transitions of care, particularly between the outpatient and inpatient setting. The Re-Design led to the creation of three general internal medicine teams - Daniels, Powell, Remmers (each named after memorable UTMB physicians). Each team is comprised of designated residents and faculty that cover both inpatient wards and outpatient continuity clinics. Furthermore, each team has a designated wing in the new hospital (Jennie Sealy) to promote geo-localization of the Internal Medicine teams. All inpatient teams admit patients daily (as designated by the patient's PCP). With this system, residents have no "call" or "post-call" days. The goal is to provide high quality care, improve patient satisfaction, and ensure continuity of care.
Most recently, the Alperin team was created to provide care for patients that are new to UTMB Internal Medicine. Under this team, two PGY-3 residents are primarily responsible for the care of these patients to create a "hospitalist-like" training experience under the supervision of experienced faculty.