Your Personal Care Team at UT Health Austin

In this video Women’s Health urogynecologist Rebecca Rogers, MD and Musculoskeletal Institute orthopedic surgeon Karl Koenig, MD describe the team-based care model at UT Health Austin.  This unique approach, which includes multiple providers and experts on your care team, allow each member to fully understand your needs to create a personalized care plan to get you back on the road to recovery and the life you love.

Transcript of the Video

At UT Health Austin we treat people not symptoms that’s why before you come we assemble a care team to understand you better before you even arrive.

Hi, my name is Karl Koenig. I’m an orthopedic surgeon at UT Health Austin.  I’m an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery and the director of the musculoskeletal Institute. For you, as a patient, we really are trying to change the nature of the doctor’s visit from “why are you here today?” to “here’s some of the information that we have gathered about you”.  And you know let you know that we’ve really done our homework and spend the time that we have with you really concentrating on the issues that are here before you today.  Instead of going back through all of your medical history and other things that we can get from other sources, we do that work in advance so that we can maximize the use of that time and maximize the value of the visit for you. 

Hi, I’m Rebecca Rodgers I’m a physician. I am a trained urogynecologist and I provide care within the IPU (integrated practice unit) and I’m also the Institute Director for Women’s Health. One of the unique things about what we do at UT Health Austin is that it is really a team approach. This is very different than multidisciplinary care where traditionally a doc would sort of lead a group of providers in someone’s care. This is really a team-based approach and in the team that will be taking care of patients, you, when you come to see us is the obviously there are physicians. There may be physicians in that particular specialty that you would be accustomed to seeing for that disorder. So for example, you might see a urogynecologist, or a gynecologist, or an orthopedic surgeon but there might be physician members of the team who you would not normally see at the same visit.

Such as a dermatologist or a psychiatrist. In addition, because we think that care really is very nuanced, if we’re going to really meet the individual needs of someone, we bring in social workers because we know journey through an illness or a problem can be very stressful and people also have other things going on their lives that may affect their care package.  We have a nutritionist, so, because we know that what we eat and drink affects our health and it may affect severely the condition that we’re trying to treat.  And, because we’re linked together in the same physical space we can all learn and share ideas about how best to care for you when you arrive.

About UT Health Austin

UT Health Austin, the group practice designed and managed by the faculty and staff of the Dell Medical School, focuses the expertise of a team of experienced medical professionals to deliver personalized, whole-person care of uncompromising quality. Our experienced healthcare professionals treat each patient as an individual, with unique circumstances, priorities and beliefs. Working with you, your care team creates an individualized care plan to help you reach the goals that matter most to you — in the care room, and beyond. For more information, call us at 1-833-UT-CARES or request an appointment here.