Rose, Thorn, Bud

By: Sonja Van Hala, MD, MPH, FAAFPDedicated to Garon Coriz, MD, UUFMRP Class of 2016, who touched us with his bright smile and big heart. “Rose, thorn, bud!” my daughter exclaimed as we were a few bites into our meal. “I want to go first!” my son declared. We know that eating together is good … More Rose, Thorn, Bud


By: Jose Rodriguez, MD I have had many blessings in my life—my wife (top of the list), her family, my family, and our family. We have not always had the blessing to live close to family, which means that our vacation time is used almost exclusively to visit family in Ecuador, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Our … More Servication


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 … More 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 … More How to get to 100