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Division of General Internal Medicine

The Division of General Internal Medicine in Dell Medical School’s Department of Internal Medicine is comprised of clinician educators and researchers who specialize in the comprehensive care of medically and socially complex patients.

Division of General Internal Medicine faculty members develop and provide education and care initiatives such as an “Innovations and Improvement Lab,” a robust, interdisciplinary transitions of care think tank, a growing “street medicine” team and ongoing research partnerships with programs such as SHOUT Texas.

The division’s faculty members provide excellent education for medical students and physicians in training, as well as high-quality primary care for Central Texas’ unhoused population and patients in CommUnityCare Health Centers, Veterans Affairs, Vivent Health and UT Health Austin.

Education

Undergraduate Medical Education

Division faculty members serve as core lecturers and preceptors in Dell Med’s Primary Care, Family, and Community Medicine clerkship, a two-year longitudinal primary care experience required for all medical students. Faculty members within the division also participate in the school’s Developing Outstanding Clinical Skills course, supporting medical students in their diagnostic and clinical training.

Graduate Medical Education

The division is responsible for designing and supervising the clinical experience and curriculum for UT Austin’s Internal Medicine Residency Primary Care Track in addition to providing innovative experiences for residents in outpatient subspecialty practices, care for those experiencing homelessness, complex primary care, global health, LGBTQIA+ health care, HIV primary care, primary care research and health policy. Division faculty members also precept residents in their outpatient continuity practices at CommUnityCare Health Centers and the VA.

Additional Educational Opportunities

In addition to its work in UME and GME, the division provides multiple opportunities for professional development in faculty members’ areas of interest, training in point-of-care ultrasound and focused attention toward maintaining and growing best practices in internal medicine.

Clinical Care

Division faculty members provide direct clinical care in a number of CommUnityCare Health Centers Federally Qualified Health Centers, including the Southeast Health and Wellness Center, the Care Connections clinic — a health center for medically and socially complex patients — and the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, which provides care for those experiencing homelessness housing.

The division also provides care in the VA outpatient clinic, UT Health Austin’s Primary Care Clinic and Post-COVID-19 Program, and comprehensive HIV primary care at Vivent Health.

Research

Research within the division includes the Global Health and the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare program, efforts to improve the quality of care for those experiencing homelessness in partnership with the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, and research within the Post-COVID Program at UT Health Austin.

The division’s research efforts also support multiple cancer screening and prevention efforts at CommUnityCare Health Centers, including initiatives to increase colorectal cancer screening, improve screening and treatment of risky alcohol use, and identify and screen high risk patients for lung cancer while also providing intensive smoking cessation.

Division faculty members continuously produce scholarship based on innovations in care delivery and education, and they publish and present at national conferences annually.

Health Beyond the Clinic

The division’s work within the healthscape includes facilitating student opportunities at the C.D. Doyle Clinic, a medical student-run free clinic serving Austinites experiencing homelessness, collaboration with CommUnityCare Health Centers in their complex primary care and “street medicine” initiatives, and partnerships with Global Health and Texas Global.

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