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Utah Valley Family Medicine Residency
475 West 940 North
Provo, UT 84604

(801) 357-7940

The goal of the Rural Fellowship is to allow a physician who desires rural practice to further identify, develop, and solidify the procedural, clinical, and academic skills they desire to include in their medical practice. In addition, the fellowship provides numerous precepting, teaching, and supervising opportunities within the residency.

The fellowship was created as a result of feedback of current rural health providers. There is an overwhelming need for rural physicians nationwide, but new physicians in rural areas often feel they must limit their scope of practice or be extensively proctored. This occurs either because they lack the confidence and/or competency to perform a particular procedure, or they simply do not have the numbers needed to qualify for privileges.

As the fellow develops a personalized curriculum, direction and support are available. Faculty advisors include the following:

  • Robert Armstrong, MD, a rural physician on faculty, who completed a residency in faculty development
  • Marlin Christianson, MD, a faculty member who is OB-fellowship trained
  • Michael Rhodes, MD, residency director
  • The entire residency faculty, each of whom have open-door policies

The one-year fellowship offers:

  • Flexible curriculum
  • Minimum of four blocks in rural community (family housing provided during rural months)
  • Half year of OB-focused electives available
  • Junior faculty responsibilities at residency if desired
  • Teaching, precepting, OB, and inpatient-coverage experience
  • Multiple moonlighting opportunities through residency
  • Weekly continuity clinic
  • Multiple procedures available to learn; can personalize to your needs

Some of the many elective possibilities include:

Six to seven blocks of personalized OB experience

  • Standard obstetrics
  • Operative obstetrics
  • Perinatology/High-risk OB
  • Community medicine
  • Neonatology
  • Infertility clinic
  • Gynecology
  • Ultrasound

Six to seven blocks of focused electives

  • Behavioral medicine
  • Community/preventative medicine
  • Critical care medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • International medicine
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics, developmental
  • Practice management
  • Procedures clinic
  • Public health
  • Radiology
  • Sports medicine
  • Surgery
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