Academics & Research

August 2021

Sep

01

COVID-19 Update, August 31, 2021

We are seeing a continuing spread of coronavirus across the United State and Utah is no exception. As of yesterday, one in 138 Utahns have an active coronavirus infection and they are each transmitting the virus to more than one other individual. The Delta variant is more virulent, which means that our hospital rates continue to increase—currently at levels nearing the peak at this time last year. Pandemics do end, but only with the help of broad vaccination across our community.

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Aug

23

The Classroom of Rural Experience

As the state’s only academic medical center, University of Utah Health plays a vital role in bringing essential health care—and health education—to both rural and urban areas of our state. Thanks to large grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration, we are developing a customized curriculum to prepare our trainees to practice medicine in these underserved areas.

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Aug

20

Beginning the Journey to Become a Doctor

We celebrated an historic White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2025—the first entering class of the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine at the University of Utah. Our newest physicians in training received a white coat and stethoscope as abiding symbols of their commitment to their patients and their profession. Professor Emerita and honorary doctorate recipient Kristen Ries, MD, MACP, shared an inspiring keynote address about what it takes to be a good physician in today's ever-changing world.

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Aug

19

Collaborating With Utah's Juvenile Justice System

The College of Nursing contracts with the state's Juvenile Justice Services to provide care for incarcerated youth—ages 12-17—in 10 facilities across the Wasatch Front. Besides honing clinical skills, caring for these kids gives nursing students and residents exposure to real-life health problems. They witness youth in impoverished situations, consuming alcohol or street drugs, with no access to transportation, and not enough access to food.

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Aug

13

Leading Orthopaedics Into the Future

Darrel Brodke, MD, takes the helm as chair of the Department of Orthopaedics following a transformative period of growth and innovation under former chair Charles Saltzman, MD. Brodke shares his vision and priorities for taking our top-tier ortho program to the next level and expanding access to musculoskeletal care in our communities.

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Aug

04

COVID-19 Update, August 3, 2021

At this time last summer, active coronavirus cases and hospitalizations were on the decline. The opposite is true now as concerning trends in virus spread and increased hospitalizations continue at national and local levels. In Utah, we are seeing nearly 900 new cases per day. The majority of cases and patients being treated are unvaccinated individuals. Vaccines are really the best hope for us to end the pandemic, and we need everyone’s help.

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