General Health Videos Jun 4, 2018

Your Personal Care Team at UT Health Austin

UT Health Austin providers explore the advantages of the team approach

In this video, urogynecologist Rebecca Rogers, MD, in Women’s Health, a clinical partnership between UT Health Austin and Ascension Seton, and orthopedic surgeon Karl Koenig, MD, of UT Health Austin’s Musculoskeletal Institute 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.

Video Transcript


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.

Karl Koenig, MD:

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 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.

Rebecca Rogers, MD:

Hi, I’m Rebecca Rogers. 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.

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About the Partnership Between UT Health Austin and Ascension Seton

The collaboration between UT Health Austin and Ascension brings together medical professionals, medical school learners, and researchers who are all part of the integrated mission of transforming healthcare delivery and redesigning the academic health environment to better serve society. This collaboration allows highly specialized providers who are at the forefront of the latest research, diagnostic, and technological developments to build an integrated system of care that is a collaborative resource for clinicians and their patients.

About UT Health Austin

UT Health Austin is the clinical practice of the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. We collaborate with our colleagues at the Dell Medical School and The University of Texas at Austin to utilize the latest research, diagnostic, and treatment techniques, allowing us to provide patients with an unparalleled quality of care. Our experienced healthcare professionals deliver personalized, whole-person care of uncompromising quality and treat each patient as an individual with unique circumstances, priorities, and beliefs. Working directly 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.