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Program Highlights


We get a wide variety of procedural experience both in the clinic and on our rotations. 


Recent Resident Projects:

-          Research:

·          A resident investigated the number of women of child-bearing age in our clinic who had known teratogenic medications in their medication list without any documented contraception. As an outcome of this project, our EMR now includes a preventative health screening form that includes methods of contraception for providers to document and help improve patient safety.

·                Other current projects include distribution of naloxone to high risk patients on opioids, comparison of treatment of multiple chronic conditions in refugee vs. non-refugee populations, and immunization of teenagers.

-          Quality Improvement:

·         One resident noted non-English-speaking and refugee patients had greater stress and discomfort surrounding a gynecological exam and pap smear. As a result, she developed translated handouts describing the procedure and purpose to the patients to help answer their questions and ease concerns.

·         One resident wanted to ease the universal fear of needles shared by all children. She completed a presentation at our All-Staff meeting, detailing the use of distraction boards, medical toys, and Buzzy (a vibrating bee with cold wings to distract a child from the needle) for our pediatric patients.

·          Residents and faculty meet once a month and residents also attend a monthly all-staff meeting with the clinic in order to address problems, implement solutions, and initiate progressive processes that make St. Mark’s Family Medicine Clinic an evidence-based, cost-effective patient-centered medical home.

-          Continuing Education and Information Technology:

·          One of our residents attended a conference on the use of ultrasound and purchased an ultrasound for our clinic for musculoskeletal and obstetrical use.

·          Our residents are actively involved in the evolution of our EMR in order for it to best serve the providers and our patients. This includes building new templates and customizing pop-up alerts for our clinic visits.

·          MooseResidents have also researched and implemented in a new sign-out tool (SOS) to improve patient handoffs between the day team and night resident and facilitate obstetrical continuity care.


Sports medicine:

-   RamsCanyons Ski Clinic. Each ski season, R2s rotate at a ski clinic at the base of the Canyons Ski resort in Park City, Utah. During this high-volume, fast-paced rotation, residents learn to treat a variety of sports-related injuries and emergencies. R3s often return for more elective time.

-   Salt Lake City Moose. We are the team doctors for this tier III hockey team. In the summer, we perform pre-season physicals and baseline concussion testing. Throughout the hockey season (September – March), we provide rink-side coverage for the Moose and their opponents. Some of the players also see us in clinic for their routine care.

-   Highland High School. Through the school year, residents perform physicals alongside the high school’s sports medicine faculty and attend football games.

-   GGlovesGolden Gloves Amateur Boxing. Residents perform pre-bout physicals and provide ringside coverage for local and national events occurring in Salt Lake City.

-   National Freestyle Ski Championship. Residents have the opportunity to work in the medical tent at the bottom of the slopes for the professional skiers.

-   Boston Marathon. In 2017, residents and faculty will be part of the medical team for the marathon.


Global Health:

- RioRefugee care. We practice global health right in our clinic. Utah accepts approximately 1000 refugees annually. Our clinic performs the initial screening for 300 of those individuals and our residents often become the primary care provider (including maternity and child care) for these displaced families, giving residents an opportunity to practice English-as-a-second language encounters and learn about cultures from around the world.

-          WONCA – Rio de Janiro, Brazil in November 2016. This year 4 residents and a faculty member will travel to Brazil to attend the WONCA (world organization of family physicians) conference in Rio and conduct a 5-day mission trip in Rio del Campo, a suburb north of the city.

-          Individual opportunities. Residents may use their ACGME-allotted away time for international rotations.

-          Past trips: Dominican Republic

·          In 2013, residents and faculty partnered with local organizations in the Dominican Republic to meet the healthcare needs of more than 600 children through Operation Kids.

·          In 2014, residents and faculty provided healthcare to nearly 1000 people, vision screening and glasses to around 500 people, first aid classes and kits to about 500 people, toothbrushes and dental hygiene teaching to about 500 people, and anti-parasite medicine and vitamins to about 500 children in partnership with Accion Callejera and Fundacion Madre Tersa in Monte Cristi.


Other opportunities:

·          Kansas City. Residents attend the National AAFP meeting each year in Kansas to present their research and to run a booth at the recruiting session.

·          Connor Street. Two residents a year visit this care facility for children with cerebral palsy and see the patients in clinic.