University of Utah Internal Medicine Residency Anti-Racism group seeks to eliminate forces of systemic racism across the learning environment, educate and empower residents regarding their individual role in anti-racism, and foster a diverse and inclusive culture that supports BIPOC faculty, residents, staff, students and patients. This ultimately will prepare residents to provide equitable care.
Health Care Policy and Advocacy
Our residency program seeks to provide all of our residents with an opportunity to learn about healthcare policy and advocacy. We recognize that this area of medicine does not appeal to everyone, however, as the practice of medicine becomes increasingly influenced by political, social and economic policies, we think that all physicians should have a fundamental understanding about these concepts.
Every year, we host a three-day seminar about these core concepts and all of our senior residents are required to attend. We invite experts in Medicare/Medicaid legislation, social determinants of health, the legislative process, health economics and physician advocacy to speak to our trainees. We feel that this area of medical education is often not formally taught in residency and we are seeking to change that to provide our residents with a more well-rounded education. We recognize that the majority of our graduates will not go on to become policy experts, however, we hope that they walk away from this seminar with a better understanding of how social, economic and political policies influence both their practice and their patient’s health.
For residents who are interested in pursuing health care policy further, we encourage them to apply for the ACP Health Policy Internship Program. Our former graduate, Matt Mulligan, was accepted to this program in 2019 and spent his elective time in Washington D.C. to gain further insight into the cross section of healthcare and politics.
In 2017 our residency program became curious about how engagement in community philanthropic activities might impact personal wellness. With more thought we submitted a grant combining community engagement, philanthropy, and team building. We invited other residency programs that we interact with frequently (Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) to join us in 3-4 philanthropic events each academic year that support our local community. These events include:
- Roadhome night/Sandwich night.
- Food drive.
- Fourth street clinic.
- Race against racism.
- Ronald McDonald.