Announcements: Residency

  1. Primary Care Building Blocks

    The UW DFMCH is honored to have Tom Bodenheimer, MDvisit this week to discuss his work on building teams in primary care. He has identified the 10 Building Blocks of High-Performing Primary Careteams:

    ·      Engaged Leadership, Creating a Practice-wide Vision With Concrete Goals and Objectives

    ·      Data Driven Improvement Using Computer-Based Technology Read more... »

  2. Focus on Advocacy

                            Focus on Advocacy 

    There is no lack of advocacy opportunities for health care professionals. Cindy Haq, MD shared this six-step guideline adapted from the Indivisible Toolkit.

    1.     Identify an issue of concern.  Is this worth fighting for?  If yes, commit to action! Read more... »

  3. Healthcare Reform: Falling Backward?

    Although healthcare reform was not a dominant issue in the presidential campaign, it is now front and center with significant changes or a full repeal of Obamacare looming. What is known about President-elect Trump’s healthcare proposal and how can we counsel patients who have questions about their coverage?

    President-elect Trump’s proposal draws significantly from House Speaker Ryan’s “A Better Way” plan.  

    The main tenets are: Read more... »

  4. Setting SMART Goals

    SMART Goals



    During our annual review, we are asked to write our goals for the year. Similarly, residents and medical students are periodically asked to write their goals. The SMART goal framework is one effective method of clarifying your goals. Goals are focused on plans for learning and development to address a performance goal or career goal. SMART GOALS are:

    ·       Are clear, specific accountabilities Read more... »

  5. Putting Away the Pom Poms and Becoming an Effective Coach

    Putting Away the Pom Poms and Becoming an Effective Coach


    As medical educators, our goal is to give constructive feedback on what students/residents do effectively, and what needs improvement. The ultimate goal is for the learner to effectively identify their limitations, identify specific goals and for us to guide them in achieving the goals.

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  6. Faculty Development Digest


    The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee kicked off a lunchtime series entitled: It starts with me: Conversations about Identity, Privilege and Intersectionality. The next session is September 1st. Read more... »

  7. Eau Claire Family Medicine names Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016

    Dr. Terry McCanna, an ophthalmologist with Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic, was recently voted Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016 by UW Health Eau Claire Family Medicine residents. Read more... »

  8. Family Medicine Solstice 2015

    Family Medicine Solstice 2015

    Yesterday, we celebrated another winter solstice. The turning point in the year when the days get longer is reason to celebrate, even though the next few weeks will feel very much the same. It is proof that small changes can make a difference and lead to big changes down the road. As the year ends, it is a good time to reflect on family medicine’s solstices (“turning points”) in 2015.   Read more... »

  9. Mastery Musing

    I’m a big fan of The Great British Bake Off where amateur competitors show off their baking techniques and are judged by master bakers Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.  The show is divided into three “bakes,” the second of which is the technical bake. The technical bake is usually a more obscure recipe that the competitors have never done. The bakers have to apply their knowledge and skills from other recipes in the technical bake.  Often, whoever wins this segment is deemed the “master baker” for the show. Read more... »

  10. Family Medicine Prairies

           Family Medicine Prairies

    One of the highlights of my drive to work is going past Prairie Moraine Park. This happens to house (IMHO) the best dog park in the world and I have enjoyed many hours exploring the park over the years with my four-legged friends. I never tire of watching the park transform itself after “the burn” in the spring. Family medicine is once again transforming to address the healthcare needs of our country in the context of a shifting healthcare landscape.  How our family medicine prairie of the future will look has yet to be defined and there are many opportunities to be involved in the regeneration. Here are a number of national and local initiatives that are “prairie-esque.”

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