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Monthly Momentos: April 2024

This ongoing blog series celebrates people, milestones, and achievements from across our health system. Content is adapted from monthly updates shared with the University of Utah Board of Trustees.

From opening a school-based clinic at West High to celebrating Match Day to a PSA with Elmo, there was no shortage of good news this month at University of Utah Health. 


Jenna Murray, "Winding Path" Documentary
"Winding Path"

Achievements in Education

  • Graduating medical students at the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine participated in nationwide Match Day. Students learned which specialties, hospitals, and care centers they have matched to for their residency training. The University of Utah had a  97.3% match rate with 106 students matching to 89 programs, in 24 specialties, across 34 states. Additionally, 37 students matched into primary care specialties and 38 matched into Utah residencies
  • The School of Dentistry continues providing care for more of Utah’s underserved communities while offering top-notch clinical experience for its students and residents. In 2023, the school had 34,216 visits from underserved patients (self-pay and Medicaid), up from 29,026 visits in 2022.
Match Day 2024
Students at the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine at the University of Utah celebrate at Match Day 2024.

Achievements in Clinical Care 

Achievements in Research 

  • In a two-year study led by Madeleine French, MS, RDN, an instructor in nutrition and integrative physiology, Spanish language interpreters and nutrition graduate students taught more than 100 classes in Salt Lake County to introduce participants to healthy, economical, culturally relevant cooking. As participants transitioned to eating more fruit and drinking less sugar-sweetened beverages, they saw significant improvements in blood pressure, BMI, and triglycerides. The research intervention findings were published in Nutrients in February 2024. 

  • Under the direction of Sean Flynn, PhD, director of research training programs, a new Biomedical Research Education Office (BREO) was formed to prepare trainees to be leaders in the modern biomedical workforce. As a hub for research and education, BREO will serve graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the five health sciences schools and colleges.

West High School Clinic ribbon cutting event
West High School Clinic ribbon cutting event, March 2024. Photo: Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune.

Achievements in Community Collaboration

  • The Department of Pediatrics partnered with the Salt Lake City School District and Salt Lake Education Foundation to open the state’s first high-school-based clinic at West High School. The clinic provides integrated physical, mental, and behavioral care for all high schoolers in the SLC School District. It’s also a adolescent medicine training site for U of U Health primary care physicians.
  • Sesame Workshop, the global impact nonprofit behind Sesame Street, launched a new public service announcement video with the Ad Council for their “Love, Your Mind” campaign developed with Huntsman Mental Health Institute. The video features Elmo and his friends highlighting the benefits of humming for people’s overall emotional well-being.
Michael Good, MD

Michael Good, MD

Michael Good is CEO of University of Utah Health and A. Lorris Betz Senior Vice President for Health Sciences. Good ensures the professional and educational success of 25,000 talented faculty, staff, and students who comprise U of U Health, one of the nation’s premier academic health systems. He received an MD from the University of Michigan and completed residency and a research fellowship in anesthesiology at the University of Florida.  

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