The Utah Valley Family Medicine Residency provides residents with an exciting and well-balanced approach to learning. We offer an environment that enhances both clinical skills and personal development. Within our multi-faceted program, you will discover all the resources you need to succeed.
We emphasize ambulatory care and give our residents the complete scope of training to prepare them for any practice style. Our program combines a suburban working environment at the largest medical center between Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, with opportunities for training specific to rural areas.
The cornerstone of our Residency is continuing improvement. Faculty and residents review the curriculum on an ongoing basis, ensuring that it is meeting the residents' educational needs. We believe the residents' feedback is essential in maintaining curricular excellence.
PGY-1: Half-day per week at the Family Medicine Center
PGY-2: Two half-days per week at the Family Medicine Center
PGY-3: Three half-days per week at the Family Medicine Center
Call (on average)
PGY-1: Every 5th night, on average — increases during OB and peds months
PGY-2: Every 8th night, on average — increases during OB and peds months. Includes 1 month with no call (FM Rural).
PGY-3: Every 18th night, on average
We have adopted a modified night float system, concentrating overnight call over five days while on an inpatient rotation. These night float shifts are the same as the call averages above.
Additional Experience Includes:
- ACLS, ALSO, ATLS, AWLS (held in Moab), NRP, PALS, and STABLE training provided.
- Computerized medical records.
- Moonlighting opportunities in emergency rooms, urgent care centers, and our own after-hours clinic for PGY-2 and PGY-3s.
- Dedicated didactic lectures given by specialists, faculty, and residents every Thursday afternoon.
- Simulation lab for codes, complicated deliveries, and neonatal rec
- Training to lead the Rape Crisis team for Utah Valley.
Competency-based education focuses on training an outstanding family physician and asks: What does this individual need to know? And what does he or she need to know how to do? These competencies form the ultimate goal of residency training. Specific, understandable, achievable, and measurable objectives are devised, which form an educational pathway to these competencies. Using a combination of clinical and didactic experiences, we provide residents with the necessary opportunities to achieve these educational objectives, and ultimately to reach competency in those areas essential for a family medicine physician.
A block curriculum, in which three years of training are broken into 39 unrelated rotations, only offers the resident selective experience. This type of training does not help the resident integrate the skills and attitudes necessary to become a competent family physician.
Instead, we have adopted a modified longitudinal approach. Specific educational needs are met using select block rotations during a longitudinal experience in family medicine. The longitudinal experience begins the first week the residents arrive.
Basic knowledge and procedural skills are learned early in the residency by way of stacked, month-long rotation in pediatrics, obstetrics, and gynecology, internal medicine, and surgery. In addition, about 20 percent of the residents' first year is spent seeing patients at the Merrill Gappmayer Family Medicine Center, caring for our hospitalized patients, and delivering the babies of their private patients.
In the second year, residents spend about 40 percent of their time in the Family Medicine Center. By the third year, 60 percent of the resident's time is spent as a family practitioner. At the completion of our program, residents are able to function as highly-trained, empathic physicians in both the medical and business aspects of family medicine.
Residents also have the opportunity to do community service such as working at the volunteer clinic, the Women's Health Fair, conducting skin, colon, and breast cancer screenings, kidney screenings, doing global humanitarian work, and being event physicians.
If you are interested in joining a program dedicated to quality post-graduate medical education, we are interested in you.