EDUCATION
May 07, 2021

Is Virtual or In-Person Care Right for You?

With all the uncertainty this last year, many people have put off seeing the doctor. The University of Utah, who is providing both in-person and virtual visits for patients, is encouraging people not to wait for necessary medical care as that can cause problems to be more severe later.... Read More

RESEARCH
Apr 02, 2021

Mortality at for-profit versus not-for-profit hemodialysis centers: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Health Services

In this updated meta-analysis and systematic review, we show that the mortality gap between for-profit and non-profit dialysis centers remains, accounting for an estimated 3800 excess deaths per year. As the for-profit dialysis industry continues to rapidly expand in the United States, it is critical to improve regulation and implement policy that helps FP dialysis centers achieve a higher standard of care.... Read More

RECOGNITION
Mar 19, 2021

Dr. Maia Hightower Has Joined Our Team!

The Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion team is delighted to announce that Dr. Maia Hightower, MD, MPH, MBA, has joined their team as the Senior Director for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion... Read More

EDUCATION
Mar 15, 2021

Event Reporting

Many people ask, “What am I supposed to report?” or “Does this count?” Hospitalist Ryan Murphy explains the basic vocabulary of patient safety event reporting, informing the way we recognize and identify harm and report threats to safety.... Read More

John Doane Recognized with Volunteerism Award
RECOGNITION
Mar 08, 2021

John Doane Recognized with Volunteerism Award

The Department of Internal Medicine and the Division of General Medicine offers their congratulations to Dr. John Doane, MD, FACP on being awarded the Volunteerism Award from the Utah Chapter of the American College of Physicians!... Read More

RESEARCH
Feb 22, 2021

The Lunch Conference Diet

The Lunch Conference Diet: Fostering Resident Engagement in Culinary Medicine Through a Curriculum Centered on Changes to Provided Conference Food ... Read More

RESEARCH
Feb 18, 2021

Pioneering the Future: Better Health for Populations

In this podcast, Dr. Rachel Hess, MD, MS from the Division of General Internal Medicine along with Dr. Adam Bress and a team of researchers at the University of Utah have been tackling population sized problems in their quest to better healthcare for all. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Feb 12, 2021

Improving Opioid Use Disorder Treatment through Quality Assessment

Quality measures are powerful tools that can standardize practice and incentivize innovation and high value care in medicine; however, few existing measures are tailored to the unique and multifaceted nature of opioid use disorder treatment. In this perspective piece, we highlight four areas in which quality measures can be leveraged to improve the care we provide to those affected by opioid use disorder at both the systems and individual levels.... Read More

Blanket Donation Made to the Supportive & Palliative Care Program
RECOGNITION
Feb 08, 2021

Blanket Donation Made to the Supportive & Palliative Care Program

On Friday, February 5th, HOSA Future Health Professional students from Bountiful High School and Woods Cross High School delivered over 300 blankets to members of the Supportive & Palliative Care Program at University Health. Patryk Hughes from Bountiful High School organized the blanket drive between the two schools. The schools held a friendly competition to see who could donate the most blankets. Bountiful was the winner but Woods Cross was not far behind. The Supportive & Palliative Care Program is so honored and grateful for these students who make such a difference! The blankets will be provided to patients to help comfort them while hospitalized. They or their families will be able to keep the blanket to remember the warmth it provided during a difficult time.... Read More

RESEARCH
Feb 08, 2021

Team Based Care Learning Collaborative Grant

John Doane, MD, Rich Doxey, MD, and the General Internal Medicine group at the University Sugar House clinic have been awarded funding for the Team Based Care Learning Collaborative Grant. The project includes a team-based approach to the diagnosis and management of hypertension. The project will enact a protocol to screen patients for hypertension, confirm the diagnosis, and then treat appropriately. Treatment will be managed by the primary care physician, as well as pharmacists to assist with medication titration. In addition, physicians, physical therapists, and dieticians will counsel patients toward more healthful eating patterns and physical activity to improve blood pressure control. Also, physicians and dieticians will direct group sessions to teach culinary skills and other skills for a healthy lifestyle.... Read More

RESEARCH
Dec 10, 2020

Few Clinical Studies Examine High Blood Pressure Treatments for Black Americans

Despite the fact that there are many Black Americans in the US who suffer from high blood pressure, there are significantly less studies done about how high blood pressure affects them. Dr. Alex Zheutlin, a Internal Medicine Resident in the STARR program at the U of U Health, recently published an article titled “Trends in Hypertension Clinical Trials Focused on Interventions Specific for Black Adults: An Analysis of ClinicalTrials.gov” in which he and his team analyzed the many different hypertension studies done over the years and evaluated which ones were specific to black adults. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Dec 08, 2020

Marina Gomberg: If You’ve Ever Felt Or Dealt COVID shame, Read This

The shame that comes with illness can be detrimental to our health and well being. Unfortunately, shame for illness has been apart of human nature for as long as we can remember. Dr. Gretchen Case, PhD, discussed in a recent article the need to change that dynamic. In this article Dr. Case and two of her colleagues discuss this issue more in depth and encourage us to treat others with kindness and respect, especially when it comes to the shame that illnesses like COVID-19 bring.... Read More

EDUCATION
Nov 24, 2020

Letter: Be Safe This Holiday Season

Spending time in the hospital or watching those we love suffer is never a fun experience. Especially not around the holidays. In this letter written by Dr. Gretchen Case, she shares her own personal experience with hospitals and the holidays and pleads with others to make smart and safe choices so they don't have to experience similar heartbreak. ... Read More

RECOGNITION
Nov 18, 2020

"From the Desk Of" Staff Highlight - November 2020

One staff member from the Department of Internal Medicine will be highlighted monthly as part of our "From the Desk Of" staff recognition initiative. This month's featured staff member is Alex Gouttsoul from the Division of General Internal Medicine ... Read More

RESEARCH
Nov 02, 2020

Arterial Wall Cells Offer Insight into Coronavirus’ Rampage from Head to Toe

Endothelial Cells, a kind of cell found in the artery walls is assisting researchers as they strive to understand COVID-19 and it's longer term health affects on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Doctors like Dr. Matthew Rondina, MD, MS and Dr. Robert Campbell, PhD are studying the different effects COVID-19 has on our bodies, how these cells affect different part of the body and how they may even indicate seriousness of the disease and future outcomes in patients. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Oct 21, 2020

Leaders in US, Europe Divided on Response to Surging Virus

While COVID-19 cases are surging in Europe and in States across the US, leadership in these places are taking many different approaches to handling the surge. The challenge lies in the strain that this surge is taking on our hospitals. Dr. Kencee Graves FACP, MD, Chief Medical Officer at the U of U Health discusses how not only are we battling COVID-19, but, also heart attacks, respiratory problems and other ICU related conditions that need hospital beds. ... Read More

RECOGNITION
Sep 09, 2020

New Partnership Between University of Utah Health and Mountain West Medical Center

The Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Utah Health is pleased to announce a new partnership with Mountain West Medical Center (MWMC). This partnership involves a comprehensive hospitalist service-line staffed with faculty from the U of U Health's Hospitalist Medical Section. The Division of General Internal Medicine looks forward to working with the MWMC to help bring high quality care to patients in all areas. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Aug 14, 2020

Utah Doctor Says Statewide Mask Mandate Could Help Alleviate Strain on Hospitals.

With the COVID-19 hospitilization rate still high in Utah, ICUs are becoming increasingly full. Many doctors are concerned about how they will be able to handle the patient load if a surge happens again in Utah. Dr. Russell Vinik, MD, Chief Medical Officer at the U of U Health, shares his concerns about the rise in cases and explain his belief that a statewide mask mandate might help reduce the spread. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Jul 29, 2020

Utah’s Average Number of COVID-19 Hospitalizations a ‘Huge Concern'

Although the overall number of cases of COVID-19 in Utah are plateauing, the number of hospitalizations are still holding. Dr. Russel Vinik, MD, Chief Medical Officer at the U of U Health, discusses this trend and his concerns over the decreasing number of available beds in ICU units as well as the strain this puts on hospital resources. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Jul 22, 2020

Utah Hospitals Plan Ahead to Accommodate COVID-19 Surge

Since the pandemic began Utah hospitals have been constantly updating their plans in order to best be able to handle surges in COVID-19 cases. Dr. Russel Vinik, MD, Chief Medical Officer at the U of U Health, discusses how the University of Utah has handled the most recent surge and their plans to handle any future surges as well. ... Read More

EDUCATION, RECOGNITION
Jul 22, 2020

Nearly a Month into Salt Lake County Mask Mandate, COVID-19 Cases Decreasing

A month ago, Salt Lake County issued a mandate, requiring all citizens to wear masks in public. Now, a month later, the county has recorded the lowest number of COVID-19 cases since June 22. Although no specific data directly links the drop of COVID cases to the increased mask wearing, authorities in the area believe that the drop in cases is do at least in part to the effort. Dr. Russell Vinik, MD, Chief Medical Officer at the U of U health, discusses the effectiveness of the mask mandate in relation to the data we have and expresses his opinion that the masking effort made by the citizens of the county, are indeed, making a difference. ... Read More

RECOGNITION
Jul 09, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Campbell for Blood Publication

The Department of Internal Medicine congratulates Dr. Robert Campbell, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Division of General Medicine, on his role as a senior author on a paper published by Blood a couple weeks ago. The paper focuses on the mechanisms of platelet hyperactivity which may explain increased risk of blood-clotting in COVID-19 patients. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Jul 07, 2020

Doctors Warn Hospitals Could be Overrun in August

In Utah, the number of people in the hospital with coronavirus doubled in June. Dr. Ryan Murphy, MD, Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, along with others, discuss the situation our hospitals are facing. ... Read More

EDUCATION, RECOGNITION
Jun 15, 2020

Hope for Change

Dr. Maia Hightower, MD, MPH, MBA, Chief Medical Information Officer and Assistant Professor in General Medicine at the U of U Health, recently shared her personal and family experience with racism and the sense of hope she has for the future. ... Read More

RESEARCH
May 28, 2020

New Grants for Division of General Internal Medicine

Congratulations to Drs. Molly Conroy (Professor & Chief, General Internal Medicine) and Kensaku Kawamoto (Vice Chair & Associate Professor, Biomedical Informatics) for their new NIH grant to promote and research weight management. Dr. Casey Gradick (Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine) also received a grant from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). ... Read More

EDUCATION
May 28, 2020

Teaching in Medicine Podcast: Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment with Dr. Amy Cowan Part 1

Dr. Amy Cowan (Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine) discusses diversity, discrimination, and inclusive teaching practices in the latest episode of Teaching in Medicine. What were some of Dr. Cowan's early career experiences around discrimination? How does she create an inclusive clinical learning environment? What does she do when racist remarks are made about trainees?... Read More

RESEARCH
May 22, 2020

Dr. Lindsey Synder Receives Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Research Award

Congratulations to Dr. Lindsey Synder and her faculty mentorship team for her SGIM research award for "Predicting postdischarge hospital-associated venous thromboembolism among medical patients using a validated mortality risk score derived from common biomarkers." Dr. Synder presented this work at the 2019 SGIM Regional Meeting, winning the award for best research presentation. ... Read More

RESEARCH
May 05, 2020

U of U Researching New and Old Meds for Possible Coronavirus Treatment

As the number of COVID-19 patients continues to climb across the country, some doctors say people are desperate to find any kind of coronavirus treatment. Researchers, including Dr. Rachel Hess (Professor, General Internal Medicine) at the University of Utah are trying to find ways to tackle the virus, and one of them involves a new kind of drug.... Read More

EDUCATION
May 04, 2020

SPIKES: A Strategy for Delivering Bad News

No one likes to be the bearer of bad news, but in health care, it’s part of the job. Fortunately, there’s a simple framework to help. Hospitalist and UACT co-director Dr. Claire Ciarkowski (Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine) introduces SPIKES: a simple mnemonic for delivering bad news.... Read More

EDUCATION
May 04, 2020

Breaking Down the Compassion Wall

Hospitalist Ryan Murphy (Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine) reflects on the care his dad received as one of Utah’s first hospitalized COVID-19 patients. His experience shaped how he communicates with patients – whether or not they have COVID-19 – in spite of isolation, masks and physical distancing.... Read More

EDUCATION
Apr 21, 2020

Silicon Slopes Live with Rachel Hess

Dr. Rachel Hess (Professor, General Internal Medicine) recently appeared on the Silicon Slopes podcast to discuss her trial of hydroxychloroquine and its possible effectiveness as a treatment for COVID-19. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Apr 14, 2020

Salt Lake VA Hospital Increases Capacity to Treat COVID-19 Patients

The Salt Lake City VA hospital has increased its capacity for in-patient hospital beds and ICU beds in anticipation of more COVID-19 patients, increasing overall capacity from 127 in-patient beds to 222 and ICU bends from 10 to 38. Featuring Dr. Karen Gribbin, an assistant professor in the Division General Internal Medicine and Salt Lake City VA Healthcare System Chief of Staff. ... Read More

RECOGNITION
Apr 13, 2020

Tip of the Sword

On the COVID-19 frontline, University of Utah Health providers Dr. Emily Signor (Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine) and Eugene Scerbo (Nurse Practitioner, General Internal Medicine) discover a deeper connection to their vocation. ... Read More

Automated Blood Pressure (AOBP)
EDUCATION
Mar 12, 2020

Automated Blood Pressure (AOBP)

The Division of General Internal Medicine has been an early adopter of automated office blood pressure (AOBP), which has been shown to provide more accurate blood pressure measurements. ... Read More

#ProudtobeGIM Events
EDUCATION
Feb 06, 2020

#ProudtobeGIM Events

The #ProudtobeGIM campaign, launched in 2015 by the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), aims to expose medical students and residents to career opportunities in general internal medicine and the multitude of leadership opportunities in patient care, research, health policy, and medical education. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Aug 12, 2019

Protect Yourself from Opioid Addiction

Dr. Tom Miller, a professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, discusses pain treatment alternatives and questions to ask your doctor to avoid addiction in this episode of The Scope radio show. ... Read More

EDUCATION, RECOGNITION
Aug 01, 2019

Cancer Patient Finds Healing Through Power of Words

Cancer patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute find healing through the reflective writing and poetry workshops of HCI resident writer, Susan Sample, assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Program in Medical Ethics and Humanities. ... Read More

RESEARCH
May 16, 2019

Faculty Research Featured on Blood Journal Cover

Research conducted by Robert Campbell, PhD (Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine) and Matthew Rondina, MD (Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine & Molecular Medicine) has been selected to be this month's Blood journal cover. ... Read More

Interdisciplinary Research Team Receives Federal Grant to Investigate Value and Impact of the Arts in Medicine
RECOGNITION
May 16, 2019

Interdisciplinary Research Team Receives Federal Grant to Investigate Value and Impact of the Arts in Medicine

Researchers Sydney Cheek-O’Donnell, PhD (College of Fine Arts’ Department of Theatre) and Gretchen Case, PhD, MA, (School of Medicine’s Program in Medical Ethics and Humanities), have developed a unique, theatre-based approach to helping health care providers, trainees, and students develop and practice the skills they need to communicate with patients, families, and care teams. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Mar 12, 2019

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Streamline Care for Community-Acquired Pneumonia (CAP)

In 2017, a multidisciplinary team designed and implemented a physician-led pathway for one of the most common inpatient infectious diagnoses, community-acquired pneumonia, is one of the first at the University of Utah to involve not only multiple clinical groups, but also span the entire patient encounter from the Emergency Department to the MICU and/or the floor. ... Read More

Hypertension Symposium Recap
EDUCATION
Sep 25, 2018

Hypertension Symposium Recap

The Hypertension Symposium was a great success thanks in part to the Division of General Internal Medicine which helped sponsor the event. ... Read More

How University of Utah Health Cut Sepsis Costs by 10%
RESEARCH, EDUCATION
Aug 28, 2018

How University of Utah Health Cut Sepsis Costs by 10%

In a webinar sponsored by Spok and hosted by Becker's Hospital Review, Devin Horton, MD, (General Internal Medicine) discussed how the University of Utah health system improved communication around sepsis while cutting septic patients' length of stay.... Read More

Residents Learn Wilderness Medicine Basics
EDUCATION
Aug 14, 2018

Residents Learn Wilderness Medicine Basics

On August 1, Richard J. Ingebretsen, MD (General Internal Medicine) led a Wednesday Workshop about Wilderness Medicine teaching residents basic skills to treat common injuries and illnesses found in the backcountry. ... Read More

Poor Sleep Quality Increases Risk for AF
RESEARCH
Jul 03, 2018

Poor Sleep Quality Increases Risk for AF

Matthew Christensen, MD (General Internal Medicine) analyzed data from a recent study published in HeartRythym that determined patients with frequent sleep disruption have an increased risk for atrial fibrillation after adjusting for obstructive sleep apnea and other potential confounders.... Read More

CCTS Renewal Continues Translation of Research from Bench to Bedside
RESEARCH
May 01, 2018

CCTS Renewal Continues Translation of Research from Bench to Bedside

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) received a $22 million grant renewal. CCTS co-directors Rachel Hess, MD (General Internal Medicine) and Willard Dere, MD (Endocrinology) want to amplify translational research and ensure the center serves as a top rated center in the region.... Read More

Newborn Screening Leaders Honored by APHL
RECOGNITION
Mar 20, 2018

Newborn Screening Leaders Honored by APHL

This year's recipient of the George Cunningham Visionary Award from the Association of Public Health Laboratories is Jeffrey Botkin, MD, MPH (General Internal Medicine). Dr. Botkin’s research and leadership has influenced the dialogue and policies on newborn screenings at the national and state level.... Read More

2017 M. Paul Southwick Prize
RESEARCH
Oct 24, 2017

2017 M. Paul Southwick Prize

Barry M. Stults, MD (General Internal Medicine) recognized with the first annual M. Paul Southwick Prize for Clinical Education and Teaching.... Read More

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