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


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

How to get to 100

By: Jose Rodriguez, MD Two years ago, I took my entire family to San Sebastian de Las Vegas del Pepino, Puerto Rico to celebrate my maternal grandmother’s (Abuela Orpa) 100th birthday. We had a wonderful time and it made me realize that there is a real possibility that I might have my own mother with … Continue reading How to get to 100

Thank you goes a long way

By: Jose Rodriguez, MD I have now been in Salt Lake City practicing for almost one year. Although it took me a long time to do it, I am pleased to say that I love it here more than before and look forward to a summer that was at least as amazing as this past … Continue reading Thank you goes a long way