Utah’s declining case trends indicate that we may be seeing a leveling off of positive tests in our state. Our real-time reproductive number is currently tracking below one—a critical level that reduces the infection rate in Utah. These trends are important now as our system level and state level census approach their highest levels of the pandemic.... Read More
Vice President's Clinical and Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars Program
The VPCAT Research Scholars Program has been designed to offer intensive mentorship and support to early-stage faculty members engaged in clinical and translational research in transitioning to accomplished, funded principal investigators.
VPCAT leverages the resources of our institution to augment departmental resources in support of junior faculty investigators using a multi-level mentoring matrix model that includes self, scientific, peer, senior, and staff mentorship. During the 2-year program, scholars receive training in leadership, grant writing, and research career development designed to create empowered principal investigators.
This is a competitive program that incorporates:
Formal and informal mentoring
Structured curriculum focused on leadership competencies and essential knowledge and practical skills to be an effective clinical and translational researcher
Access to resources to facilitate appropriate study design, collection of pilot data, and preparation and submission of competitive grant applications.
We recognize racism as a public health crisis and believe anti-Black racism is one major cause of health disparities that we observe in our society. U of U Health has established an Anti-Racism Commission that is coordinating efforts to advance our goals and improve our culture. Our initial focus is to support students in the School of Medicine MD program. ... Read More
We have seen a few days of decreased new coronavirus cases—although our transmission rate continues to be high. Hospitalizations across the state continue to rise, but county-level data suggests that masking policies may be impacting new case numbers. Continue to practice masking, hygiene, and distancing measures.... Read More
In recent weeks, the legacy of racism in the United States has been at the forefront of the national consciousness. We must commit to using this moment in time to listen, learn, and develop new ways to act. As leaders of the largest academic health care institution in the Mountain West, we are in a position to leverage our influence to be a sponsor of positive change in our community and the region. ... Read More
Our state has seen a steady rise in both the seven-day average of daily COVID positive cases and subsequent hospitalizations. Time delays in the different measures of this pandemic—patients with positive tests, those admitted to the hospital, and unfortunate deaths—can be challenging to interpret, but we continue to watch these measures carefully, and emphasize the importance of everyone wearing face masks and face coverings. ... Read More
We are living through a period of increased emotional strain and mental health disruptions. Providers note an increase in reports of stress, anxiety, fear, and suicidal thoughts even among people with no prior psychiatric history. Kristin Francis, MD, provides wellness tips and behavioral techniques for actively building resilience. ... Read MorePsychiatry