Message from the Chief
Welcome to the division of hospital medicine! We are a large academic division of hospital medicine that is strongly aligned with the clinical, educational, quality improvement, faculty development and research missions of the department of medicine.
Our Division is highly integrated into the educational activities of the Department of Medicine and the Long School of Medicine. In addition to teaching medical students and residents in the inpatient medicine setting, we are active participants and leaders in undergraduate and graduate medical education. In graduate medical education, our faculty leads the Internal Medicine residency (as program director, associate program directors, site directors, and core faculty) and direct electives in hospital medicine, medical education, medical informatics, and bedside ultrasound. In undergraduate medical education, our faculty serves as Directors of the Clinical Skills Center, Undergraduate Medical education, Clinical Skills Course, Clerkship and acting-internship, and the VERITAS Medical Student Mentoring program; one of our faculty also holds the position of Associate Dean of Student Affairs. We host a customizable fellowship program in hospital medicine with options to choose from a medical education, quality improvement, research or clinical emphasis.
Our clinical activities have greatly increased over the last several years. We currently attend on inpatient general internal medicine services, transplant medicine service, bedside procedure team, and medicine consult and co-management service at University Hospital and the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital. Our clinical footprint is set to increase with the opening of a Women’s and children tower at University Health in 2023 and the UT multispecialty hospital in 2024.
We take pride in our faculty development program. Our efforts are grounded in the needs of our group across the career continuum, considering their diverse career paths and goals. Faculty development in our division starts with a robust onboarding program that covers both interactive didactic sessions and a buddy system to introduce new faculty to our clinical environment. Our mentorship efforts include mentoring for career development and scholarly projects and collaborative peer mentoring. We have a robust journal club and faculty development sessions related to educational methods that provide both CME and MOC points.
Research and Scholarship
Our scholarship efforts cover a range of topics reflective of the interests of our group and those of Hospital Medicine. We house or jointly support 4 PhD researchers in the division. All faculty have access to data extraction and data analysis resources through our collaboration with the school of population health. Faculty in the division conduct projects on veteran’s health, POCUS, health services research, medical education research, curriculum development and implementation science. Our faculty has received research funding from federal, foundation, and state agencies in support of their work. We collaborate with researchers across our campus and with partners at our affiliated institutions.
We work closely with the process improvement team of our hospital partner on quality improvement initiatives. Our readmission rates, mortality and patient experience scores are in the top decile for academic medical centers. We have ongoing projects on early discharges, length of stay, geographic localization, patient satisfaction, social determinants of health and learner engagement in quality improvement.
I hope you will look around our website to gain a better understanding of our program. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions.
Ankur Segon, MD MPH FACP SFHM
Professor and Chief, Hospital Medicine