09/19/2022 10:00 a.m
Karyn Springer, MD, Distinguished Physician, Administrator and Director, is appointed Assistant Dean for Intermountain Population Health Clinical Learning at the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine (SFESOM) at the University of Utah, effective October 1, 2022.
The appointment is part of a joint focus by Intermountain Healthcare and University of Utah Health on the Population Health Scholars Initiative. In this role, Dr. Springer to act as liaison to SFESOM leadership in planning and decision making for the Population Health Scholars Initiative; facilitating educational experiences for students in Intermountain Healthcare facilities and provider groups; and maintain lines of communication between Intermountain Healthcare and U of U Health leadership to focus on growing and improving the current relationship between the two organizations and developing new initiatives between the partners.
“We are proud that Dr. Springer is leading the first-ever training program focused on educating the next generation of population health physicians,” said Lydia Jumonville, CEO and interim president of Intermountain Healthcare. “This is one of many steps Intermountain plans to help our system and our nation keep people and the communities in which they live healthy.”
dr Springer currently practices at Intermountain North Orem Clinic, where she has been since 2002, and serves as Senior Medical Director for Graduate Medical Education Strategy for Intermountain Healthcare. She is Chair of the Intermountain Utah Medical Group Board and serves on the Intermountain Healthcare Region Board, the Castell Accountable Care Board of Directors and the Executive Development Program Alumni Board. Springer graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1998.
“I am impressed by Dr. Springer’s insights and significant achievements in the areas of values-based care and population health,” said Michael L. Good, MD, CEO of the University of Utah Health and Executive Dean of SFESOM. “I am confident that she will contribute positively to the success of both our institutions and to excellence in our missions, particularly in the area of clinical experiences that result in world-class medical education.”
dr Springer looks forward to actively participating in shaping the experiences and enthusiasm of scientists in the field of public health. “The program reflects the strong collaboration between Intermountain and the University of Utah in educating future physicians who will serve our communities through quality, team-based care,” said Springer. “This is truly an innovative way to move forward in improving the health of our communities.”
The Population Health Scholars Program aims to improve health care for the entire population. The program represents a partnership between Intermountain and U of U Health aimed at expanding the traditional medical school experience. Eleven students were selected to participate in the first cohort, with a target of 15 students in the third year of the program. Population health scientists gain a broader view of healthcare as they undergo rigorous academic training at the U and practical application at both institutions. Scientists receive specialized training in preventive and population health concepts that focus on keeping populations as healthy as possible, rather than treating people only when they are sick.
Sara Lamb, vice dean of education at the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine at the University of Utah, oversees the ongoing reform of the medical school’s curriculum. “DR. Springer will help us achieve this exciting leap forward for Intermountain, the U of U Health, our students and perhaps most importantly, the communities we serve,” says Lamb and other underserved communities will have better access to the care they need. These doctors will influence health policy and how we decide where to allocate resources. They will also create better outcomes and lower costs in communities where there have been historical injustices Has.”
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