A strong educational base is necessary to manage both straightforward and complex dermatology conditions. The outpatient clinics and inpatient consultative services involve the management of complex and rare dermatologic diseases. Residents evaluate in a variety of clinical settings and from a large geographic radius:
University of Utah Health Sciences Center (UUHSC) is a 430 bed, Level 1 Trauma Center. It is a state-owned hospital that serves as the major quaternary care center for Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada and Idaho. UUHSC is also the home of the University of Utah School of Medicine and supports residencies in all major fields of medicine. Our residents provide consultation services for inpatients attended by our department hospitalists and participate in our outpatient dermatology clinics at the University Hospital. Our unique Same Day Dermatology clinic located in the hospital allows acute and urgent dermatological conditions to be seen by a resident and attending dermatologist. These referrals are placed the same day and referred by University and community clinics, emergency departments, and referring dermatologists.
The Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) hosts more than 142,000 patient visits annually. HCI is the only National Cancer Institute–designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Intermountain West. It serves the largest geographic region of all such centers, covering Utah, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Wyoming. The HCI mission is to understand cancer from its beginnings, to use that knowledge in the creation and improvement of cancer treatments, to relieve the suffering of cancer patients, and to provide education about cancer risk, prevention, and care. HCI manages the Utah Population Database (UPDB).
Primary Children’s Hospital ranks among the best children’s hospitals in the United States, focusing on the best care for more than 1 million children living in a 400,000 square-mile service area. The 289-bed facility is a Level 1 pediatric trauma center and cares for children with complex illness and injury, including organ transplants and complex birth defects. The Department of Dermatology provides consultation services for inpatients and conducts outpatient dermatology clinics at PCMC. Pediatric dermatologic care at PCMC is provided by the departments’ attending pediatric dermatologists and residents. In addition to general pediatric dermatology clinics, we also attend a monthly vascular anomalies clinic and combined pediatric rheumatology/dermatology clinic.
Intermountain Medical Center is a major tertiary referral center for Intermountain Health Care and the Intermountain West located in the middle of the Salt Lake metropolitan area. Inpatient consult service is provided for IMC by the Department of Dermatology attending faculty and residents. Residents staff clinics at the Department of Dermatology’s nearby community Midvalley clinic when not covering inpatient care at IMC.
The George E. Wahlin Department of Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center is a tertiary care facility serving veterans residing within the 5 state region of the Intermountain West. The VAMC is located near the UUHS campus. The Department of Dermatology provides consultation services for inpatients and conducts multiple outpatient dermatology clinics per week. Two weekly minor surgery clinics are also held at the VAMC attended by residents and dermatology faculty.
The Midvalley Health Center is located in Murray, Utah and is one of the biggest dermatological facilities in the country. With 51 exam rooms, we see about 8,000 dermatology patients per month. Nearly every dermatology specialty is treated at this clinic including autoimmune diseases, cosmetic conditions, pediatric dermatology, Micrographic surgery, and contact dermatitis.
Residents rotate through the Maliheh Free Clinic, an established 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, whose mission is to reverse the cycle of poverty and suffering created by poor health by providing free quality medical care to low income and uninsured Utah families.
Residents rotate through the Fourth Street Clinic, which helps homeless Utahns improve their health and quality of life by providing high-quality health care and support services. For many homeless Utahns, Fourth Street Clinic is their first and only chance at a diagnosis and ongoing treatment.
Residents participate in our live-video telemedicine clinic, available to inmates in Utah prisons.
University of Utah Health Care provides dermatology care at 13 neighborhood health centers including Redstone (Park City), Farmington, and Sugar House.
Dermatology outreach clinics are fully operational in Moab, Utah and Rock Springs, Wyoming. Once a month attending physicians, advance practice clinicians, and medical assistants travel via University airplane to perform a full-day clinic at these locations. Future plans for outreach in Elko, NV, Kauai, HI, and the Navaho Reservation in Montezuma Creek, UT are being negotiated currently. Residents have the opportunity to attend these clinics when on certain rotations.