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Vermont Medicine Magazine

DEPARTMENT OF Family Medicine ~ 2015 Annual Report

Thomas C. Peterson, M.D., Chair

The Department of Family Medicine continues to thrive in all areas of our mission.

Our medical student education programs consistently receive excellent evaluations from students. Faculty are dedicated to teaching medical students on campus, at their practice sites, and in the hospital, with over 150 Family Medicine physicians, residents and allied health professionals participating in Foundations, Clerkship, and Advanced Integration Level activities. Family Medicine faculty are education leaders at all levels of the medical curriculum, and provide leadership with interprofessional education. Newer faculty include Jennifer Bamford, M.D., Katherine Mariani, M.D., Megan Malgeri, M.D., and Patricia Whitney, M.D.

The Family Medicine TOPMEd curriculum (Team-Oriented, Patient-Centered Medical Education), supported by a five-year Health Resources and Services Administration grant, has been integrated in all four years at the College, inspiring students to appreciate and practice TOPMEd principles. Students, residents and faculty regularly present their scholarly work at regional and national conferences, and participate on national curricular boards.

Our clerkship and our regional affiliations have created opportunities for innovation and enhanced curricular elements. Within the clerkship, we have developed an effective skill and knowledge building week to prepare students to be engaged and competent at their preceptor sites. The clerkship allows students to appreciate two key aspects of Family Medicine — comprehensiveness and continuity. Our residency thrives with innovations in quality improvement curriculum, and the adoption of competency-based Family Medicine Milestones. We began the implementation of the first inpatient Accountable Care Unit this fall at The University of Vermont Medical Center. Family Medicine established a second family medicine residency in northern New York in conjunction with The University of Vermont Health Network. The first four residents are expected in June 2016. Residents present regionally and nationally on sports medicine, men’s health, and quality improvement initiatives. The department continues to develop the palliative care service and division to support clinical care, education, workforce development, and scholarship.

Family Medicine Continuing Medical Education (CME) includes the Family Medicine Review Course, Cultural Awareness Workshop, Sports Medicine Conference, regional CME and academic detailing presentations, and the Bridging the Divide collaborative care conference. Family medicine faculty scholarship includes projects in the delivery of behavioral medicine, nutrition, promotion of breastfeeding, pediatric obesity, motivational strategies for chronic disease, community wellness, and screening brief intervention and referral to treatment for alcohol and substance abuse.

Our Transforming Primary Care results have been presented at the UVM Medical Center Quality Forum, at the Conference on Practice Improvement, as well as at the University Health Consortium.

Faculty and staff support the community through free clinics, wilderness rescue, boards and foundations service, and invited lectures and articles on topics from lactation medicine to palliative care medicine. The department’s five patient-centered medical homes practices have maintained National Committee for Quality Assurance Level 3 recognition. Our Urgent Care has gone through a Quality Improvement Process, resulting in dramatic reductions in visit duration. Family Medicine directs the UVM Office of Health Promotion Research, which focuses on cancer registry research.

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