We welcomed Dr. Li Li, MD, PhD as our new chair this past year. Dr. Li has interest in colon cancer epidemiology – particularly how environment and social determinants of health interact with genetics and the microbiome to influence risk for colon cancer. His interests in health disparities and population health will forward our department’s mission to improve the health of our community. He practices in our . Dr. Masahiro Morikawa also joined our faculty this year. He is a former trauma surgeon-turned- family doctor with strong interests in inpatient medicine, bedside teaching, and global health. We also welcomed back Dr. Sarah Lewis, a former faculty member, who joins one of our satellite practices after spending the past few years in private practice in rural southwest Virginia. She has interests in integrative medicine and information mastery.
The residency added two new faculty members to our group of core faculty this year. Dr. Sarah Dalrymple, who just completed our faculty development fellowship, is a new Assistant Professor. Dr. Dalrymple sees patients at our Stoney Creek practice, and has interests in women’s health and obstetrics. Joey Tan, PhD, joined our behavioral science team. He has clinical interests in integrating behavioral health interventions into primary care and educational interests in teaching family medicine residents how to incorporate evidence-based behavioral health interventions into their routine practice.
Dr. Katharine DeGeorge has assumed the role of Associate Program Director this year. She looks forward to playing an even more significant role in the life of our residents!
Over the course of their training, residents learn about social determinants of health, health disparities, the social structures that create and perpetuate health disparities, and the actions they can take to affect change for the promotion of health equity. Kristina Johnson, Residency Core Faculty, is expanding the advocacy portion of our through participation in the AAFP Health Equity Fellowship.
Dr. Mark Cohee, Assistant Program Director, working with Jeremy Kent, Assistant Professor and UVA Team Physician, has implemented a POCUS curriculum. The curriculum is longitudinal and covers a wide array of ultrasound techniques and procedures with a focus on musculoskeletal ultrasound while also including basic skills in obstetrical ultrasound.
Our resident-led Resident Wellness Committee has implemented a Resident Mentor pairing for our new interns. The first year of the program was successful, and both our interns and upper level residents find the mentoring relationships they have developed are meaningful.
SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS
Dr. Tan and Dr. Gazewood are working to develop a comprehensive three-year curriculum in substance use disorders, focusing on nicotine, alcohol, and opioid use disorders. The curriculum will provide all of our residents with evidence-based approaches to identification, brief interventions, counseling, and medical interventions for these common conditions affecting our patients. All residents will complete training need to obtain their DEA-X certificate, and all residents now work with an addiction psychiatrist providing office-based opioid therapy.
The Department of Family Medicine partnered with UVA Endocrinology to form the Adult Transgender Clinic, which provides comprehensive care for transgender patients. In addition to family medicine and endocrinology providers, the interdisciplinary team includes our behavioral health specialist, social worker, and medical-legal partnership lawyer. We are expanding the clinic, and will have two PGY3 residents rotating through the clinic this year. Additionally, all of our residents learn about gender affirming care, including hormone prescribing.
UVA’s MEDICAL-LEGAL PARTNERSHIP
Clinicians in UVA Family Medicine, Pulmonology and General Pediatrics partnered with Legal Aid Justice Center to create a medical-legal partnership. Through this partnership, patients are connected with free legal services to address social determinants of health including navigating eligibility for disability benefits, avoiding eviction, remediating substandard housing conditions, accommodation for disability in education settings, challenges relating to immigration status, and many more legal needs. Through the partnership, residents learn to spot unmet legal needs in the clinical setting, and how they may incorporate a medical-legal partnership in their future practice.