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Primary Care Track

The Primary Care Track is designed to train the next generation of leaders in primary care internal medicine. The inaugural class of the primary care track will begin 2022. The residents will get excellent primary care training and help create a robust primary care experience for future generations of resident physicians at the University of Utah.

The track will provide meaningful training opportunities for our residents to practice and teach medicine in the primary care setting. Primary Care education will combine clinical experiences with quality improvement, career development, focused didactics and hands-on workshops to prepare residents for careers in primary care medicine.

Educational Focus

The curriculum of the Primary Care Track is designed to provide knowledge, experience and skills to enhance future practice as a primary care physician. While enrolled in the Primary Care Track, residents will have enriching clinical experiences that provide extensive education on core ambulatory medicine topics and common procedural skills. Residents will have the opportunity to explore differing models for primary care delivery and learn about healthcare economics. Primary care residents will learn tenants of quality improvement and utilize these skills by participate in quality improvement initiatives at continuity clinic sites. Residents will also receive 1:1 mentorship for personalized career development.

Program Structure

Components of the Primary Care Track include clinical electives, didactics, and career development. Multiple modalities, including online modules, didactics, small group sessions, and hands-on application will be used to solidify concepts taught.

Clinical electives will include focused experiences in the PGY2 and PGY3 years rotating in clinics directly relevant to primary care including: home-based primary care, women’s health, outpatient palliative care, musculoskeletal health, urgent care, home based primary care, palliative care, and dermatology.

Education will include the Primary Care Immersion Block where all residents in the track are together for a focused 2-week curriculum in July of their PGY2 and 3 years. During this Immersion Block, primary care track residents will participate in educational activities in the morning, with continuity clinic in the afternoons. Didactics during this block will focus on high-yield primary care topics. Education will include online modules, lectures, and small group interactive sessions. The block will also feature procedural workshops to enhance skills in skin biopsy, suturing, joint injections, and long-term reversible contraception. Other skill development will focus on practical skills such as outpatient triage, inbox management and inter-visit care. All primary care residents will complete this elective simultaneously as a means to foster community within the track. Additional outpatient didactics will be ongoing throughout the course of residency.

Primary Care residents will all participate in a quality improvement initiative at their continuity clinic site under the direct supervision of a faculty mentor. Projects will aim to improve care delivery and quality of care within the resident’s own continuity clinic panel, with an additional goal of abstract submission to a local or national conference by the end of residency. Funding is available for primary care residents to attend and present their scholarly work at conferences.

In order to best prepare residents for future careers in primary care, career development efforts are focused on exploring different models of primary care delivery and preparing residents for the job application process. Small group sessions will focus on available academic and private job opportunities, creation and revision of curriculum vitae and cover letters as well as mock interviews. Residents will also participate in 1:1 career mentoring with a dedicated faculty mentor within primary care.

In addition, Primary Care residents will meet quarterly for community-building activities including social, philanthropic and advocacy events.

Application Process for Categorical Tracks

Prospective applicants for tracks (Global Health, Primary Care, and Hospital Medicine) should apply to the conventional categorical residency program (1732140C0) in the NRMP Match. Once you have joined our program, you will apply to the track of your choice during your PGY1 year. Track activities will begin during July of your PGY2 year.