Many of our doctors help train future healthcare providers as faculty of the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. That means your doctor may be accompanied by students of different backgrounds and skill levels during your care. Though we mostly train medical students and residents in our practices, we may also teach nursing students and students of other allied health professions. Your doctor and the medical professionals in training work as a team to provide the best care possible.
The Difference between Medical Students and Residents
Medical students have earned a college degree and are now enrolled in medical school. Once they complete four years of medical school, they will receive a medical degree (MD).
Residents have completed college and medical school. They are licensed to practice medicine under the supervision of senior physician educators. Residents receive special training before they practice on their own.
Duties of the Medical Student or Resident
Responsibilities of medical students and residents will vary. Medical students practice technical skills, and even patient encounters, in simulated settings before entering the clinical setting. Your doctor will make sure that any students who may help with your care have met the requirements needed to treat patients.
If you have a concern or feel uncomfortable, you may ask to not have a student involved in your care. Your care and comfort are important to us, and we will respect your privacy and confidentiality at all times. Your treatment team will always review your concerns and will work together to come up with a plan that best suits your healthcare needs.
The Advantages of Medical Student or Resident Involvement in Your Care
By seeing a University Physicians Group physician, you are helping future medical professionals gain valuable experience and training. You will have at least two professionals—your doctor and a medical student or resident—working for you.
Because we are in an academic setting, doctors and students have access to the latest research and the most current care management and treatment. Our doctors believe that involving medical students and residents in our offices is important to the training of the next generation of physicians. Your participation in the education of future physicians guarantees that you will have a direct impact on today’s medical care and the future of medicine.
But remember that while your doctor is the medical expert, you are the patient expert. You know best what it is like to be a patient, and your input counts. Please do not hesitate to ask your doctor any questions you may have about our medical education programs.