With sustainable, quality program development as the goal, we extended grant writing support to our GME program directors starting 2018. In 2019, we succeeded in procuring a Health and Human Resources Services Administration (HRSA) grant to launch the first rural residency program (rural training track as HRSA refers to it) in Utah and the first Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Rural Residency Program in the nation.
Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Rural Training Track (RTT)
Casey Gradick, MD, program director for the Medicine-Pediatric residency program, received a HRSA grant that will establish the first rural residency training program track in Utah and the first med-peds one in the country. The track will start in 2021 and has HRSA funding till 2025 and we plan to transition to CMS rural track funding which will increase our GME funding cap.
Elizabeth Howell, MD, is board certified in Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and has been the Program Director for the Addiction Psychiatry fellowship since 2010 and the Addiction Medicine fellowship since its inception in 2016, with the first fellow starting in 2017. The University of Utah Addiction Medicine and Addiction Psychiatry ACGME-approved fellowship programs received a HRSA Addiction Medicine Fellows grant for five years, 2020-2025. The HRSA grant added four additional fellowship training positions yearly for the next five years, for a potential total of 20 medical sub-specialist trainees. The fellows will train extensively in rural, tribal and underserved communities around the state of Utah.