School of Medicine

Division of Family Medicine - Residency Program

Community Medicine

Faculty Lead: Susan Cochella, MD, MPH


Provide residents an opportunity to deliver community-responsive primary care, advocate for underserved communities, and expand public health, population health, and preventive care skills throughout residency training.

Community Medicine Focus throughout Residency

Public health, population health, and/or preventive medicine learning modules are incorporated into most rotations and longitudinal experience, as these topics are fundamental to family medicine.

Continuity clinical experiences

All University of Utah residents see underserved patients in our Sugarhouse and Madsen continuity clinics. Additionally all residents add a secondary longitudinal clinical experience at a nearby location focused on care of patients unique to that resident’s interests, often in the community health centers, public health clinics, or with refugee care.

Service Learning

Through service experiences, residents learn the joy and skills of community service through organized medical service activities that meet community needs and provide an enhanced sense of civic responsibility and cohesiveness.

Wasatch Community Garden:

    • Activities with our nonprofit partner where we play in the dirt to benefit underserved communities are scheduled into regular didactics.

Head Start Physicals:

    • Annually in the fall, an opportunity to participate collaboratively with the University of Utah Physician Assistant School in providing screening physicals for children beginning Head Start programs.

CARE Fair:

    • Two-day event organized and directed by the Junior League of Salt Lake City for families needing routine medical services and community assistance information.

People's Clinic and 4th Street Homeless Clinic:

    • Resident volunteer opportunities and electives available.

The Community and Preventive Medicine Rotation

The “CPM” rotation is a required 4-week rotation completed during the third year of residency. The majority of each resident's time is spent in outpatient care at Salt Lake City's 4th Street Homeless Clinic, Park City's People's Clinic, and the resident's Continuity Clinic. This rotation also includes experiences with street medicine, WIC, Travel Clinic, 2-1-1 Community Resource Information Bank, a self-directed learning module on preventive medicine, and a community strengths and needs assessment and public health education experience.

Rotation Sites

Fourth Street Clinic:

    • Provides the local homeless population health care and supports services improving their quality of life. A highlight of this experience involves “street medicine experiences with one of our program's graduates taking a mobile medical van to visit homeless people in the parks and areas of town where they live

People's Clinic:

    • Non-profit, primary care facility for uninsured individuals and families in the area around Park City, Utah.

2-1-1 Information Bank:

    • The United Way's free information and referral line for health, human and community services. Family Medicine Residents learn about local community services available through 211.

WIC – Women, Infants, and Children:

    • Provides supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant and postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five with risk for nutritional deficiency.

Travel Clinic:

    • Salt Lake Valley International Travel Clinic provides an opportunity to provide pre-travel safety and wellness counseling.

Community Needs Assessment and Health Education Experience:

    • Community partners share information with residents about topics of resident interest. Based on this community strengths and needs assessment, residents implement a health education intervention for a local community.