Each year the University of Utah medical school recognizes the community physicians that assist them in teaching their students. These physicians are part of the U’s Community Clinical Faculty program, these faculty members are not traditional professors but are professionals that welcome students into their practices or facilities to help show them real world medicine. This year CompHealth had the opportunity to sponsor these annual awards. At the event, CompHealth’s Senior Vice-President Michael Sievert had this to say:
“Becoming a physician is hard work and couldn’t happen without experienced physicians willing to teach those just starting out in their careers. All of you are truly making a difference in the lives of those you teach and the patients they go on to help…Speaking on behalf of everyone at CompHealth, we truly appreciate you and the work you do. You are not only helping your own patients, your knowledge and expertise will be shared with the thousands of patients the physicians you teach will go on to serve. Thank you again for all of your efforts.”
This years winners were Dr. Chad Spain and Dr. Maryellen Gilfeather.
Dr. Gilfeather is a fellow of the American College of Radiology and president of the Utah Radiological Society. In addition to her work as a radiologist she brings two to three residents from the University to Washington every May to introduce them to government relations, and has them participate in discussions with our Utah elected officials. She also hosts a journal club for the University residents and fellows at her home twice a year, discussing topics ranging from the radiology job market to how to have life balance.
Dr. Spain is a family physician that attended medical school and completed his residency all at the University of Utah. Away from work he has volunteered with Big Brothers, has been a local football coach and provides free medical care for underprivileged families through the CARE Fair and Mailihe Clinics. He is currently on the board of the Utah Academy of Family Physicians and serves on the Intermountain Healthcare Safety Event Review Panel in addition to his job at Cottonwood Family Medical Clinic.