Why I’m Optimistic About the Future of Primary Care

Previously published on AAFP.org. Click HERE to see the original article. While shadowing me, a premedical student noticed that I entered the lot number of an IUD into my charting. "Why do you have to waste time entering that?" she asked. "Don't you think that IUDs should come with QR codes that can be easily … Continue reading Why I’m Optimistic About the Future of Primary Care

Scaling the Unscalable? To Scale Up Health Care, Scale Up the Role of the Physician

By: Kyle Jones, MD Originally published on OP-(m)ED The United States economy has evolved into one centered on scalability. Scalability signifies the ability to increase performance and efficiency under increasing workloads. In general, scalability implies creativity, idea creation, expertise in broad areas, allowing for the exportation of much non-scalable work/professions. Non-scalable models entail the opposite — an … Continue reading Scaling the Unscalable? To Scale Up Health Care, Scale Up the Role of the Physician

Tending to Transition

By: Sonja Van Hala, MD, MPH, FAAFP As I embark on a new era in my professional life, I am giving attention to how to transition. Over the last twelve years as residency program director, I worked alongside remarkable and dedicated faculty and residents. I am immensely grateful for all I learned from them. Now, as … Continue reading Tending to Transition

Healthcare Leadership

By: Sonja Van Hala, MD, MPH; Susan Cochella, MD, MPH; Rachel Jaggi, MA; Caren J. Frost, PhD, MPH; Bernadette Kiraly, MD; Susan Pohl, MD; and Lisa Gren, PhD Below is an excerpt from a previously published article on STFM Journals. Click HERE for the entire article and research results. Physicians in all disciplines are called … Continue reading Healthcare Leadership

How the University of Utah Prepares Family Medicine Residents to Lead Value Improvement Efforts

Below article originally appeared NEJM Catalyst. Click HERE to view the original article. Contributors: Susan Pohl, MD, FAAFP, Sonja Van Hala, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Mari Ransco, MA & Jennifer Leiser, MD The University of Utah Family Medicine Residency Program has designed a 3-year interprofessional experience in value improvement for the purpose of providing residents with transferable professional … Continue reading How the University of Utah Prepares Family Medicine Residents to Lead Value Improvement Efforts

Stu

By: Peter V. Sundwall Jr. Every small community has a unique but similar cast of characters. Our small Southern Utah town was no different. From a young boy’s perspective, the cops and docs were feared but cautiously idolized, the mayor was respected, the athletic coaches were immortalized, and of course, we had the homeless man … Continue reading Stu