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

The Finest Example

By: Susan Cochella, MD, MPH Footprints of an Inspired Leader Sonja Van Hala is stepping down as our Residency Program Director, leaving us better for her time in the role. While she isn’t perfect, she was effective in some unique ways. What insights can we glean from her unique brand of effectiveness? Respect is a … Continue reading The Finest Example

Vulnerability in Leadership

  By Sonja Van Hala, MD, MPH, FAAFP I was young and inexperienced, and knew it, but also had a sense of adventure. I don’t think I knew what it meant to serve as residency program director. I was only a few years out of residency. And I definitely didn’t know how to supervise faculty, … Continue reading Vulnerability in Leadership

Being a Family Doctor is a lot like Being a General Contractor

By Erika Sullivan, MD Being a family doctor is a lot like being a general contractor: you’ve got to know about all the systems that make a home or a building operational and then coordinate the necessary professionals to get the job of building or renovating the home done on budget and in a timely … Continue reading Being a Family Doctor is a lot like Being a General Contractor