The University of Utah’s Department of Internal Medicine advances health through excellence in each
of its core domains—education, patient care, and discovery—by inspiring an engaged, diverse membership, and
trainees, encouraging innovative thinking, and building collaborative partnerships.
• Cardiovascular Medicine
• Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes
• Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
• General Internal Medicine
• Hematology and Hematologic Malignancies
• Infectious Diseases
• Nephrology and Hypertension
• Respiratory, Critical Care, and Occupational Pulmonary Medicine
The Department of Internal Medicine plays a foundational role in academics at the University of Utah. The department has the largest degree of engagement in UME education, comprising 35 percent of teaching, 16 percent of faculty, 22 percent of residents, and 37 percent of fellows within the School of Medicine. The department trains more than 140 residents annually in its categorical, preliminary, and combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency programs. In addition, our 19 fellowship programs train nearly 100 fellows annually.
The categorical residency program attracts high-quality residents from across the United States and is proud to emphasize diversity in its residency class. The program is well balanced to offer exceptional clinical training in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, allowing residents the option to choose areas of training that include traditional, global health and underserved, or academic hospitalist tracks. The program strategically grows their curriculum with active initiatives in substance abuse, resilience training and burnout prevention and recognition, health care policy and advocacy, health care disparities, and health equity. Mentoring and opportunities for research are high priorities for the department. While in residency training, the 2019-2020 categorical IM graduates participated in scholarship projects resulting in 21 presentations at international/national/regional meetings and more than 29 publications.
Internal Medicine maintains a proud research tradition, including the first ever NIH grant, which was awarded to our founding chair, Maxwell M. Wintrobe, in the 1940s. Research continues to be our central focus, with a growing research faculty base and increased grant funding. Currently, sponsored research in the Department of Internal Medicine represents approximately one-third of the total extramural dollars awarded to the School of Medicine.
The department exemplifies the collaborative spirit found within the University of Utah. It maintains strong partnerships among divisions, across departments, and with the VA Hospital, as well as the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Members of the department engage with investigators in health sciences initiatives, including the Molecular Medicine Program, the Diabetes and Metabolism Center, the Triple-i Initiative, the Program in Personalized Health, and the Utah Genome Project. As part of the Utah Genome Project, department scientists are discovering the genetic causes of multiple diseases, including primary ovarian insufficiency, diabetic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. The department is also embarking on initiatives in cardiovascular medicine.
The department strives to create an environment for successful career development across the continuum—from students to established investigators. Early career faculty are typically supported by NIHK and other competitive research career development awards. Extensive focus is placed on the transition from career development to research independence. Emphasis on mentorship and sponsorship is key to our success.
With 38,000+ new patients, 1 million wRVUs, 315+ MDs, and 170+ APCs across 11 clinical divisions, the department is one of the major drivers of the School of Medicine’s Clinical Mission. The department is a destination care treatment center for many diseases, including cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, interstitial lung disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, pulmonary hypertension, amyloidosis, vasculitis, multiorgan transplant, and medical oncology. Skilled clinicians provide both routine and lifesaving care to patients living in Utah and across the five-state Mountain West region. In a recent national survey of 650 outpatient medical practices, 109 Internal Medicine providers scored in the top 10 percent in Exceptional Patient Experience; 86 providers scored in the top 1 percent.
With 12 divisions, 690+ faculty, and more than 230 residents and fellows, Internal Medicine is U of U Health’s largest clinical department. For more than 75 years, the department has built a rich history of providing excellent care, quality research, and valuable education in Utah. We are committed to fostering professional conduct among all members of this community through creating an environment of compassion, excellence, and respect. These values embody the foundation that supports and pervades all that we do in the Department of Internal Medicine.