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Posted by on Mar 4, 2012 in Academics, Teaching

Long Break and New Adventures

Wow, well that was a long break!

I guess I just needed a little time away from blogging to think about my life!

The last few months have been a whirlwind. In October, in the space of one week I heard about a new faculty position, applied, interviewed and then was offered the position. What?!? Yep it was that fast. And then for the next 4 months we have been trying to work out details and then get the appointment through the proper channels. I am finally able to announce that I have been officially appointment as a full time faculty member for the University of Utah School of Medicine in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.

My key teaching responsibilities will be with medical students with some interaction with residents. I will still be teaching 3rd year medical students as the Assistant Clerkship Director. But in addition to this I will be the Primary Care Track Director for the fourth year medical students. I will be leading the curriculum for all of the students going into internal and family medicine, pediatrics, and psychiatry!

In this role I will get to have a close teaching responsibility throughout their entire 4th year. I cannot tell you how excited I am about this position. The 4th year of medical school has traditionally been a rather less than focused year with students basically doing whatever they want. We are hoping to bring some consistency to their year instead. Our goal is to consistently train fantastic students who are all prepared for residency.

Many have asked how this change will affect my clinic, and fortunately for some and unfortunately for others my location is going to change. I will no longer be practicing in the south end of Salt Lake Valley. Instead my clinic will be at the Madsen Family Clinic which is on the University campus. This clinic change will take place in April. My schedule is not currently open yet for scheduling as details about how often I will be in clinic are still under discussion.

Sorry to all of my current patients! I hope some of you will make the longer drive to see me at Madsen. This change was not easy to make, but it will be the best for my overall career. If you cannot follow me out to Madsen then please stick around the clinic with one of our other amazing providers.

Thanks to my readers while I have been away! Sorry for the hiatus, and I hope to back to my blogging. I should have a great year to tell you all about my new teaching experiences.