AUSTIN, Texas — On Oct. 17, faculty and staff of the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin will begin treating patients at UT Health Austin, a new practice that will use innovative team-based models and strategies to provide care focused on an individual’s health and personal goals.
UT Health Austin will initially provide care for a limited set of conditions, with additional services following in the coming months. The first set of clinical institutes, which UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves announced in his State of the University Address on Tuesday, will begin seeing patients on Oct. 17 and will include:
- Women’s Health Institute, treating women with complex gynecological conditions such as chronic pelvic pain, vulvar disorders and pelvic floor disorders.
- Musculoskeletal Institute, providing medical and surgical care for upper and lower extremity pain and functional issues.
- Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences, providing coordinated care for back pain.
(Beginning Nov. 28, the Mulva Clinic will also provide treatment for patients with multiple sclerosis, cognitive impairment/Alzheimer's disease and bipolar disorder.)
UT Health Austin will use team-based models built around individual patients, a reflection of the innovative educational principles developed by the Dell Medical School.
“Beginning on their first day, Dell Med students are taught to think critically while coordinating leadership skills to solve problems,” said Dr. Clay Johnston, dean of the Dell Medical School. “UT Health Austin is the clinical expression built on this model and gives every resident of Austin and Travis County the opportunity to personally experience these same innovations in health care.”
Appointments will begin with patient-provided insights into individual needs and goals. A care team will then work with patients to develop care plans that are both manageable and effective. “We have designed an entirely different care experience,” says Dr. Amy Young, director of clinical operations for UT Health Austin and chair of Women’s Health at Dell Medical School. “This practice brings together medical experts from a variety of specialties to provide comprehensive care using one team in one place. We use patients’ individual goals as our primary measure of success. Everything we do is focused on the patient.”
Care teams will actively include community physicians who are critical to ensuring that people are getting the best treatment possible. UT Health Austin providers will maintain regular contact with referring physicians about patients and will work with those physicians to integrate them into care plans as completely as possible. UT Health Austin will also work to connect patients to the appropriate community physicians for specialties or services not offered on-site.
“We recognize that clear and timely clinician-to-clinician communication throughout the care cycle is critical to a patient’s success,” said Dr. C. Martin Harris, chief business officer of UT Health Austin. “We hope clinicians everywhere will quickly come to consider UT Health Austin as their collaborative, specialty partner.”
To learn more about UT Health Austin, visit www.uthealthaustin.org.