Vulnerability in Leadership

  By Sonja Van Hala, MD, MPH, FAAFP I was young and inexperienced, and knew it, but also had a sense of adventure. I don’t think I knew what it meant to serve as residency program director. I was only a few years out of residency. And I definitely didn’t know how to supervise faculty, … Continue reading Vulnerability in Leadership

A potential new model for training rural family physicians

  By Osman Sanyer, MD Throughout my career as a family doc, it has remained a constant challenge to train and recruit family medicine residents to practice in rural areas, and to retain family physicians in these rural practices. Work force demographic studies suggest that these challenges will continue to increase for years to come. … Continue reading A potential new model for training rural family physicians

Coats and ties: A consideration of professional attire in the medical field.

By Jason Lippman, MD For a century, the white coat has been the symbol of the medical doctor. Today, the vast majority of medical schools in the US begin with a White Coat Ceremony. There, the fledgling, future doctors stand together and recite a modified version of the Hippocratic Oath before being called up one-by-one … Continue reading Coats and ties: A consideration of professional attire in the medical field.

Being a Family Doctor is a lot like Being a General Contractor

By Erika Sullivan, MD Being a family doctor is a lot like being a general contractor: you’ve got to know about all the systems that make a home or a building operational and then coordinate the necessary professionals to get the job of building or renovating the home done on budget and in a timely … Continue reading Being a Family Doctor is a lot like Being a General Contractor

Why (not) Family Medicine?–Wanda Filer, MD, MBA

  Why (not) Family Medicine? is a series of posts from health care thought leaders, both inside and outside of Family Medicine. These will be posted every Friday. The participants were asked to focus on whatever they wanted in response to this question. We are glad that so many of these impressive leaders were willing … Continue reading Why (not) Family Medicine?–Wanda Filer, MD, MBA

Advocacy and Family Medicine: Where the Twain Shall Meet

By Jennifer Dailey As I sit in room 445 of the Utah Capitol building mentally prepping for my presentation to the Interim Health and Human Services Committee on Family Medicine residency expansion in Utah, I am reflecting a bit on my three years with the Utah Academy of Family Physicians (UAFP) as its director and … Continue reading Advocacy and Family Medicine: Where the Twain Shall Meet