We continue to see sustained declines in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths from COVID-19. Thanks to Governor Cox and our legislators, the state continues to successfully roll out vaccinations, with about 60 percent of all Utahns over the age of 70 having been vaccinated. However, between vaccinations and recovered cases, immunity to coronavirus appears to be lower than expected statewide so continued masking, hand washing, social distancing, and staying home when sick are critical. ... Read More
Office of Academic Affairs & Faculty Development
The Office of Academic Affairs & Faculty Development appoints, promotes, and provides professional development opportunities for faculty. We serve as a central resource for the Health Sciences by providing guidance, resources, and training to enhance the success of individual faculty. We also strive to strengthen cohesion and collaboration among all colleges, schools, and departments.
At the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, Dr. Mark Rapaport, CEO of Huntsman Mental Health Institute, participated in a panel discussion with four accomplished filmmakers. They talked about the powerful combination of science and storytelling to influence mental health and foster resiliency in troubled times. ... Read MorePsychiatry
As Utah continues to see decreases in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, it indicates that our strategies are working. We are in a race between vaccinations and mutations and we must continue to do all we can to prevent infections while we inoculate our community. At the request of the state, U of U Health is preparing to augment statewide vaccination efforts for many of our patients.... Read More
As the new, and first female, chair of dermatology, Kristina Callis Duffin, MD, MS, believes a leader should find their greatest joy and satisfaction through the success of others. While creating opportunities for people to engage in meaningful work, she wants to develop more women and underrepresented minorities for leadership roles, pursue innovations in dermatopathology, and utilize patient-reported outcomes as a decision-making tool.... Read MoreDermatology
Family medicine physician Jessica L. Jones shares key takeaways from the latest Friday Forum on Racism in Higher Education. National thought leaders discussed how we can begin the process of racial healing on our campus, emphasizing the importance of creating a space in which people can step forward and tell their own stories. ... Read MoreFamily and Preventive Medicine
As of Feb. 2, 2021, one in 85 Utahns currently has an active coronavirus infection, down from one in 53 this time last month. Increasing numbers of vaccinated Utahns, growing numbers of Utahns who have recovered from coronavirus with presumed immunity, and continued preventive health measures are contributing to these improvements. We are seeing downward trends in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across our state. ... Read More