Community Faculty Awards

About the Award

In partnership with CompHealth, the University of Utah School of Medicine Alumni Association and the Office of Academic Affairs and Education created the CompHealth Clinical Community Faculty Award to recognize outstanding clinical preceptors in the community.

These preceptors contribute countless hours to the education of our medical students and residents, and this award is one of the ways the University formally thanks them. Nominees practice medicine outside of University of Utah Health (or at a UUMG clinic), have an adjunct appointment in a School of Medicine Department, and regularly take students, residents, and/or fellow for their clinical rotations. The awardees are recognized at a dinner event where they are presented with a monetary award.

Interested in Nominating an Adjunct?

The nomination period has closed for 2019. Our office will be accepting nomination letters again in late 2019. For an example of an excellent nomination letter, please read the example created by the Community Faculty Program team.


Past Awardees


Maryellyn Gilfeather, MD (2017 Awardee)

Clinic/Hospital: Utah Imaging Associates

Department: Radiology & Imaging Sciences

What learners say: "Dr. Gilfeather was a huge source of support during my residency at UUSOM. She enabled a national leadership opportunity for me - facilitating my travel to Washington, DC for the annual ACR meeting - and hosted several journal clubs where she invited us to discuss issues in Radiology that interested us. She is an outstanding teacher and physician, and I am incredibly lucky that I was able to train under her."


Chad Spain, MD (2017 Awardee)

Alumni: BS '05, MD '10, Residency '13

Clinic/Hospital: Cottonwood Family Practice

Department: Family & Preventive Medicine

What learners say: "Dr. Spain took a vested interest in my learning. He was up front and honest with his evaluations and criticism which I greatly appreciated. He took the time to explain concepts to me and really helped me see how useful evidence based approaches really are. He was always willing to help with anything I needed and used his role to help push me to be a better future physician. I really enjoyed my time with him."


Tim Duffy, MD (2018 Awardee)

Alumni: Residency '00

Clinic/Hospital: Riverton Pediatrics

Department: Pediatrics

What learners say: "Dr. Duffy is always enthusiastic and exceptionally fun to work with! He is also always willing to answer any questions we may have as residents, and through this he ensures that we are always learning. Dr. Duffy goes out of his way to encourage and push us to better doctors, and by inspiring confidence in us, he helps us be more confident doctors ourselves."


Jackie Rohrer, MD (2018 Awardee)

Alumni: Residency '13

Clinic/Hospital: Foothill Family Clinic

Department: Family & Preventive Medicine

What learners say: "If I could give an award for best preceptor of all of third year, I would give it to Dr. Rohrer!!! She is by far the most amazing preceptor I have ever worked with! She is a great physician and a superb teacher who constantly goes above and beyond average teaching. She let me participate in essentially all of her clinical activities and entrusted me with her patients. With her help I delivered babies, performed various procedures and helped treating lots of patients from a variety of backgrounds."


Eddie Stenehjem, MD (2018 Awardee)

Clinic/Hospital: Intermountain Medical Center

Department: Internal Medicine (Infectious Disease)

What learners say: "Dr. Stenehjem was one of the best attendings I've had through my residency. He is an AWESOME teacher and really focused on helping me learn and answer my questions. I looked forward to coming to work each day and really enjoyed rounds - he made them so fun! He is the kind of attending I hope I can one day become. Thank you Dr. Stenehjem for a wonderful rotation!"


Ellie Brownstein, MD (2019 Awardee)

Clinic/Hospital: Greenwood Health Center

Department: Pediatrics

What learners say: “Dr. Brownstein was a great example of how to interact with children in meaningful ways that at the same time allowed for evaluation of disease state and development status. I appreciated the time that she took to explain her thought process while working through a differential. Dr Brownstein is a great instructor and clinician.”


Clinton Sheffield, MD (2019 Awardee)

Clinic/Hospital: Westridge Health Center

Department: Internal Medicine, Pediatrics

What learners say: “I really enjoyed working with Dr. Sheffield. I thought he was exceptionally good at finding ways to weave teaching in throughout the day, and he was very open at answering my questions. It seemed that he really enjoyed teaching, and as a result, I learned a lot, and it was enjoyable along the way.”